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Black History Month

ASALH President's Statement on Black History Month

"Let us think of Black History Month the way our nation honors its greatest moments and greatest people. Let us appreciate Black History Month in a similar way—as when our government sets aside a month or day, thereby giving it a special meaning for all Americans. No one should think that Black History is confined to the month of February, when evidence to the contrary appears everywhere and in every month [...] Black History Month is not a token. It is a special tribute—a time of acknowledgement, of reflection, and inspiration—that comes to life in real and ongoing activities throughout the year."

Black History Month Timeline

1915- Carter G. Woodson, the "father of Black history," founds the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (Now the Association for the Study of African American Life and History)
1926-  Carter G. Woodson designates the second week of February as Negro History Week
1970- Kent State becomes the first university to celebrate Black History for an entire month
1976- 50 years after Woodson's activism, President Carter finally recognizes the Black History Month for the nation's bicentennial 

 Read more about Black History Month, and its origins, at the Association for the Study of African American Life and History(ASALH).

General History Resources