Celebrating Black History Month

Celebrating Black History Month
Posted on 02/01/2021
This is the image for the news article titled Celebrating Black History MonthBlack History Month was created to focus attention on the contributions of African Americans to the United States. It honors all Black people from all periods of U.S. history, from the enslaved people first brought over from Africa in the early 17th century to African Americans living in the United States today.  

Known as the “Father of Black History,” Carter G. Woodson founded Negro History Week -- the precursor to Black History Month.  He earned a Masters degree from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. from Harvard and authored numerous scholarly books on the positive contributions of Blacks to the development of America. He also published many magazine articles analyzing the contributions and role of Black Americans.  

This distinguished Black author, editor, publisher, and historian believed in teaching, celebrating and recognizing Black history – which some have tried so diligently to erase. His message was that Blacks should be proud of their heritage and that other Americans should also understand it.

We invite you to celebrate the rich contributions that African Americans have made to our country’s history:

Lift Every Voice and Sing Presentation 
Black History is a Verb  

28 Ways to Celebrate Black History Month

The Man Behind Black History Month

10 Things You Don't Know About: Civil Rights 

Black History Milestones

Library of Congress Site

African American History Month Resources

National Endowment for the Humanities – African American History and Culture in the United States

National Park Service – Black History Month

Smithsonian Institution – National Museum of African American History and Culture

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum – Black History Month