BHM: Garrett Morgan

Today is the first day of Black History Month 2022!

To commemorate and celebrate this rich history, UMBC’s Women’s Ministry has chosen a theme and will honor inventors of African descent during the month.

Throughout Black History Month,  our Women’s Ministry will share interesting information about different iconic inventors on our social media channels and website.

Today we start with Garrett Morgan!

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According to USA Today, Tuesday marks the start of Black History Month, a federally recognized celebration of the contributions African Americans have made to the U.S. and a time to reflect on the continued struggle for racial justice. The commemorative month aims to recognize and understand major moments and figures in African American history, as well as those continuing to pioneer the way.

American historian Carter G. Woodson established Black History Week (then called “Negro History Week”) nearly a century ago. The event was first celebrated during the second week of February 1926, selected because it coincides with the birthdays of both Abraham Lincoln (February 12) and abolitionist/writer Frederick Douglass (February 14). That week would continue to be set aside for the event until 1976 when, as part of the nation’s bicentennial, it was expanded to a month.