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Black History Month Resources


Every February, the United States celebrates Black History Month, a time to recognize and celebrate the contributions and achievements made by African Americans. The roots of the annual celebration began in 1926 with historian Carter G. Woodson’s “Negro History Week,” which aimed to expand the public knowledge of Black people’s contributions to the advancement of human civilization. By the 1960s, the idea had grown in popularity and evolved into what we now know as Black History Month. Each year, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), a group started by Woodson, designates a Black History Month theme. This year’s theme, Black Health, and Wellness are as timely as ever as we enter year 3 of the coronavirus pandemic, which has disproportionately impacted Black communities.

When discussing the importance of Black people learning their history, Carter G. Woodson once said, “this crusade is more important than the anti-lynching movement because there would be no lynching if it did not start in the classroom.” At a time where Critical Race Theory is being debated, and books that focus on America’s dark history are being banned, celebrating the history and accomplishments of Black people are critical. It is a time for all of us to recognize how we got here and, more importantly, where we want to go. It reminds us that Black History is American History, and it is essential that we celebrate it today and beyond February.

Over the next 28 days, we encourage you to learn more about Black History and begin connecting to it outside of this month. To learn more, check out the resources below:

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