Black History and Through With Chew
In 1926, Carter Woodson began the movement for recognition of the history of African Americans with a focus on the second week in February in celebration of the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln; he called it "Negro History Week." During the early 1970s, Negro History Week was renamed Black History Week, and in 1976 it became Black History Month when the United States designated all of February for the recognition of African American history. This annual event celebrates the achievements of black Americans and provides recognition of the central role of African Americans in U.S. Other nations around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating black history.
Through With Chew began in 1989 to raise awareness in communities about the dangers of smokeless tobacco. This week in February creates the opportunity for people to learn how they can make their communities safer through policy change and public education. Events and activities throughout the week help educate community members about smokeless tobacco use and provide resources to affected populations that can help them succeed at quitting. The next Through with Chew Week will be held February 20-26, 2011.