American Indian Month was proposed and sought after in 1915 by Dr. Arthur C. Parker, a Seneca Indian, who was the director of the Museum of Arts and Science in Rochester, N.Y. Likewise, Black History Month’s origination is accredited to Dr. Carter G. Woodson. Dr. Woodson in 1915 established the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (now called the Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History).
Both men took on very challenging tasks but were inspired by the notion that the contributions of their people must be acknowledged and formally recognized by all peoples of the United States. Both men are great examples of following what their hearts inspired them to do. They were able to garner support and move their visions forward after years of working towards their goals the reality occurred and we celebrate their efforts today.
Article by CherokeeCloud
Written September 24, 2006 – Reposted November 20, 2006