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February 2024 - What's Happening @ LWLC: 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; 2024's theme is "African Americans and the Arts".

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 2024 (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)




LWLC / National Center Events for Black History Month



Video: Black History Month 2017

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

Books & E-books

These are a few of the books and e-books related to African-American history and culture accessible to LWLC patrons:

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