Our Purpose & Mission
The original celebration of Black History in the United States started in 1926, and was called “Negro History Week”. Celebrated in the second week of February, it aligned with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln (February 12th) and Frederick Douglass (February 14th).
The celebration of the renamed “Black History Month,” (also known as "African-American History Month" in the United States) was proposed in 1969 by Black educators and Black students from Kent State University. The first actual celebration took place January 2 to February 28, 1970. Its primary goal was to ensure Black history was being taught in all educational institutions throughout the United States.
More than fifty years later, factions in the U.S. are trying to rewrite history and remove the teaching of Black History from our schools. We cannot let this happen!! We created "We Teach What Is Not Being Taught" to overcome this obstacle. YOU can contribute by wearing our t-shirts that teach and celebrate the history of and by Black people. We hope they will also spark debate, spur additional research, and inspire cultural pride.