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A guide to library and open web resources on Black History Month and African American culture.
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February is African American 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 National African American History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating black history.

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In the 2016 Presidential Proclamation, President Barack Obama states:

"Our responsibility as citizens is to address the inequalities and injustices that linger, and we must secure our birthright freedoms for all people. As we mark the 40th year of National African American History Month, let us reflect on the sacrifices and contributions made by generations of African Americans, and let us resolve to continue our march toward a day when every person knows the unalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."  Complete 2016 Presidential Proclamation

How much do you Know about black culture and history? Visit the Black History Quiz Collection from PBS and test your knowledge here! 

Use the tabs above to navigate through the Weaver Library African American History Month Research Guide.


Origins of Black History Month

View this short video on the origins of Black History Month from the History Channel.


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