Today marks the start of Black History Month, and Twitter users wasted no time in using #BlackHistoryMonth to celebrate influential figures throughout the decades. From Michael Jackson, to Martin Luther King Jr., to Mae Jemison and Jackie Robinson, tweeters recognize their contributions to society.
— Michael Jackson (@michaeljackson) February 1, 2016
— Katya Krasnov (@Katyax_xKrasnov) February 1, 2016
— Johnson Space Center (@NASA_Johnson) February 1, 2016
— Ralph Lauren (@RalphLauren) February 1, 2016
This user spotted Bernie Sanders marching behind Martin Luther King Jr. in 1963.
— Christellar (@christellar) February 1, 2016
These guys are so excited!
— King Sh*t. (@DopeBlackKing) February 1, 2016
Despite a rough history, Frederick Douglass reminds us all to continue fighting for equality.
— Healthy City (@HealthyCityCA) February 1, 2016
“National Negro History Week” was celebrated during the second week of February, according an old newspaper this user found.
— Matt Delmont (@mattdelmont) February 1, 2016
Mostly people are celebrating their history proudly.
I'm black & so proud of it #BlackHistoryMonth ✊?✊?
— Cel (@celly_92) February 1, 2016
Nelson Mandela paved the way for black leaders in South Africa, revolutionizing the South African government by abolishing apartheid.
— JaneGoodallInstitute (@JaneGoodallInst) February 1, 2016
The music industry wouldn’t be the same without these strong black artists.
— Saint West (@jordansdiamonds) February 1, 2016
Overall, this month represents the triumphs that African Americans have achieved throughout the course of history.