Per the City of Gaithersburg:
The City celebrates & honors Black History Month with storytime programs, film screenings, discussions, and an official proclamation.
Celebrated annually in the United States during the month of February, Black History Month was started in 1926 by Dr. Carter G. Woodson. He sought to bring national attention to the important contributions African Americans made to the history of the United States. Woodson chose February because it includes the birthdays of Frederick Douglass, Langston Hughes & Abraham Lincoln.
At the virtual Mayor & City Council meeting on Monday, February 7, at 7:30 p.m., Mayor Jud Ashman will issue an official proclamation commemorating Black History Month to Gregory Plummer, owner of Plum’s Hair Gallery. Gregory has operated a shop in Olde Towne since 1988, and for the past 35 years he has been a Barber School instructor, where he has been instrumental in countless graduates establishing their own shops. Gregory supports the community by giving free haircuts to children returning to or entering school for the first time, and he offers discounted haircuts to incarcerated individuals at the Seven Locks & Clarksburg correctional facilities.