The Harlem Edutainment Company (HEC) offers cost-effective, quality, and easy-to-plan school field trips.
Black History Month was originally created in 1926 by historian, Carter G. Woodson, who deemed the second week of February to be “Negro History Week.” This week was chosen because it coincided with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln (Feb. 12th) and Frederick Douglass (Feb. 14th), both dates being celebrated together by Black communities since the late 19th century. In 1969, Black educators and the Black United Students at Kent State University proposed a “Black History Month” in February 1969. Seven years later, in 1976, Black History Month was officially recognized in the United States by President Gerald Ford. Learn more about Black History Month here.
The HEC offers a variety of field trips and educational activities during Black History Month. Our Black History Month field trips help students continue the tradition of recognizing the achievements of Black Americans. Whether it is touring the African Burial Ground and discovering the contributions that Africans made in building New York City, or visiting the Apollo Theater and learning about the musical greats who got their start at the historical theater, the HEC helps bring Black history to life for students in a fun and educational way.