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LWLC / National Center Events for Black History Month
February 12, 2019
Title: ASU, the Origins and Purpose of Black History Month and the Black Migration
Time:11:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.
Place: LWLC Lecture Hall
February 24, 2019
Title: "1619-2019: Hope, History, and the Struggle for African-American Freedom" Art Exhibition Opening Reception
Time: 3:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m.
Place: National Center
February 28, 2019
Title: Black History Forum: "Standing Against the Negative Forces All Around Us- The Struggle for African-American Freedom during the Antebellum Slavery Era and the Civil War (1820-1865)"
Time: 9:00- 3:00 p.m.
Place: National Center
Video: Black History Month 2017
While the date is from 2017, the information covered in the video is timeless.
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; 2019's theme is "Black Migrations".
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.
National Museum of African American History and Culture - Opened in September 2016. Looks at American history from an African American perspective.
Books & E-books
Some books and e-books in our collection related to the breadth of African-American history and culture include (selections: NF) :