February 1, 2019
National Freedom Day
Major Richard Robert Wright Sr., a former slave, become a successful businessman and community leader in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Major Wright chose February 1 as National Freedom Day because it was the day in 1865 that President Lincoln signed the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, i.e. the amendment outlawing slavery. The purpose of this holiday is to promote good feelings, harmony, and equal opportunity among all citizens and to remember that the United States is a nation dedicated to the ideal of freedom.
Black History Month
Carter G. Woodson, a Harvard-trained historian, conceived of Negro History Week which was first celebrated in February 1926. The response was overwhelming: Black history clubs sprang up; teachers demanded materials to instruct their pupils; and progressive whites, not simply white scholars and philanthropists, stepped forward to endorse the effort. In 1976, the event was expanded to a month. The month pays tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society.
National Bird Feeding Month
On February 23, 1994, Congressman John Porter from Illinois, declared that "February, one of the most difficult months in the United States for wild birds and encouraged individuals to provide food, water, and shelter to help wild birds survive." Since then, The National Bird-Feeding Society promotes the month long celebration by educating the public on the important aspects of the wild bird feeding and watching hobby.
National Children’s Dental Health Month
National Children's Dental Health is a month-long national health observance to promote the benefits of good oral health to children, their caregivers, teachers and many others. Parents and children are encouraged to brush their teeth for two minutes, two times per day every day.
National Heart Month
To date, heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women. During this month, people are encouraged to make healthy choices to reduce their risk of heart disease, such as using spices instead of salt, keeping fit, managing their diet, and monitoring their blood pressure.