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February 2021 - What's Happening @ LWLC: Black History Month

LWLC / National Center Events for Black History Month

February 25, 2021 5:30 PM
National Center Black History Month Forum
This program is viewable via Facebook, Youtube, and National Center website. For more information, call (334) 229-4824 or email
February 22-26, 2021 
Title: "Black History Month Art Exhibition"
Time: Virtual
Place: Virtual
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Video: Black History Month 2017

While the date is from 2017, the information covered in the video is timeless.  
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Black History Month



Why is February Black History Month?

Black History Month started as Negro History Week (second week of February) in 1926 by Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History. Over the decades, this week was endorsed as a holiday.

The first proposal for a whole month was by the Black United Students at Kent State University in 1969. The first celebration of Black History Month was in 1970. Black History Month was federally recognized in 1976 by President Gerald Ford as part of the United States Bicentennial.

Each year has a theme; 2021's theme is "The Black Family: Representation, Identity, Diversity".

African American Heritage Month (Smithsonian) - History of Black History Month and links to African American sites related to the  National Park Service, National Endowment for the Humanities, and National Archives.

African American History Month (Library of Congress) - History of Black History Month and some of the annual Presidential Proclamations.

National African American (Black) History Month : February 2021 (U.S. Dept. of Census) - History of Black History Month and statistics related to demographics, voting, and economics.

National Museum of African American History and Culture - Opened in September 2016. Looks at American history from an African American perspective.

Origins of Black History Month (Association for the Study of African American Life and History)




Books & E-books

Some books and e-books in our collection related to the breadth of African-American history and  culture include (selections: NF) :

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