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Black History Month

Black History or African American History Resources in the library and beyond.

Origins of Black History Month

Black History Month

"The story of Black History Month begins in Chicago during the summer of 1915. An alumnus of the University of Chicago with many friends in the city, Carter G. Woodson traveled from Washington, D.C. to participate in a national celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of emancipation sponsored by the state of Illinois. Thousands of African Americans travelled from across the country to see exhibits highlighting the progress their people had made since the destruction of slavery. ..."

Continue reading about Black History Month's beginnings from The Origins of Black History Month, by Daryl Michael Scott, former President of the ASALH (Association for the Study of African American Life and History.

Image Source: Black History Month by Enokson on Flickr. Distributed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 DEED license.

2024 Theme - African Americans and the Arts

Tabs of Some Suggested Sources

Arts Poster - African Americans in the Arts

Image Source: ASALH, Founders of Black History Month, 2024 Theme African Americans and the Arts, February 2024.

2024 Black History Month Theme - African American and the Arts [pdf]

Check back this month to learn more

Selected YouTube Videos

2023 Theme - Black Resistance

Phases of the Black Freedom Movement - Proquest's Black Freedom Struggle in the United States

2022 Theme - Black Health and Wellness

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