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Black History Month: Home

A collection of information and resources for Black History Month.

Black History Month


"Black History Month, or National African American History Month, is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. The event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating black history."

Black History: Then and Now

Black History Month evolved from "Negro History Week".  Dr. Carter G. Woodson spear headed a movement to discover and reveal outstanding achievements of the Negro race.  In 1915 Dr. Woodson, Jesse Moorland, and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History.  Dr. Woodson stated:  "If a race has no history, it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world, and it stands in danger of being exterminated." In 1926, "Negro History Week" began.  Dr. Woodson chose the second week in February, because it included both Frederick Douglass' and Abraham Lincoln's birthday.  

Today, Black History month is celebrated all over the United States and even some other countries such as Canada and the United Kingdom.  

Library Databases

Recommended Websites

From the National Archives

Important Figures

Reference Books


These books are available electronically through the Library catalog. 

Print Books

These books are available in the Muntz library. 

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