Black History Month started off being Negro History Week created by Carter G. Woodson in 1926. The month of February was chosen due to the birthdays of Fredrick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. Teachers were encouraged to teach African-American history in schools across the nation. In 1976, on the proposal of Kent State University students to expand the week to a month, the United States government agreed to officially recognize Black History Month.
The Walt Disney Company maintains they want to make a positive impact during Black History Month by acknowledging diverse communities, exploring different cultures, and recognizing accomplishments of African-Americans employees, leaders, heroes, and pioneers.
The Walt Disney Company will present special programing honoring African-Americans during the month of February:
- Disney XD and Disney Channel will present a new Be Inspired segment called True Heroes are Timeless.
- Beginning February 8th, Disney Junior and Disney Channel will debut Doc McStuffins introducing notable African-American women and men.
- On February 12th, ESPN will air Tiger Woods: The Legacy of the ’97 Masters, 9pm-10pm EST.
- On February 18th, Disney California Adventure Park will host the annual Celebrate Gospel! event, 10am-6pm. The event will take place at Stage 17 located in Hollywood Land.