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Black History Month: Start Your Research Here

This guide features resources and information for Black History Month research.

Black History Month

Black History Month began as "Negro History Week" in February 1926. Carter G. Woodson, a Harvard trained historian and several other people, established the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH). He became concerned that American History did not include the achievements of Black Americans and people of African descent. Dr. Woodson chose the month of February because it included the birthdays of both Abraham Lincoln on February 12th and Frederick Douglass on February 14th, two men who made significant contributions to the lives of Black men and women in the United States. In 1976 President Gerald R. Ford officially recognized African American History Month, and each successive president has issued African American History Month proclamations.

Scott, D. M. (2011). Origins of Black History Month. ASALH.  https://asalh.org/about-us/origins-of-black-history-month/

The Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH) became the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH). Every year the ASALH establishes a theme for Black History Month. The 2021 focus is Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity. 
https://asalh.org/asalh-announces-2021-black-history-theme/
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

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