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The Palatka City Commission invites citizens to celebrate Black History Month and focus on the rich cultural heritage and significant role African Americans have played in our Country's and our City's history and the shaping of our nation. Black History Month was initiated in 1926 by Dr. Carter G. Woodson, founder of the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History. It was first recognized nationally in the 1970's. The month is so designated to recognize, honor and record the historical contributions and achievements made by blacks in all areas of our nation's history. The Palatka City Commission recognizes the importance of education in breaking the cycle of poverty because education unlocks potential and remains our strongest weapon against injustice and inequality. The 2017 Black History Month theme, “The Crisis in Black Education” focuses on the crucial role of education in the history of African Americans. As Association for the Study of Negro Life and History’s founder Carter G. Woodson once wrote, “If you teach the Negro that he has accomplished as much good as any other race he will aspire to equality and justice without regard to race.” For more information on local events, contact any member of the Putnam County African American Cultural Society.