VOA Africa: Struggle for Equality Persists as US Observes Black History Month
February is Black History Month in the United States. The idea for the observance was born after the launch of Negro History Week on Feb. 1, 1926 by Black historian and author Carter Woodson. It became a month-long celebration in 1976. Melvin Foote, the president and CEO of the Constituency for Africa, tells Africa 54 host Esther Githui-Ewart that the fight for equality and recognition of contributions by Black Americans is far from over.