The series begins at a crucial turning point in American history: the Selma marches that led to the signing of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, and the urban rebellion that broke out in Watts just a few days later. Part 2 dramatizes the diverging paths for African Americans that emerged in the 1970s and early '80s, as well as the outbursts of white backlash that marked these years. Part 3 reveals profound fissures within the country — and within black America — that deepened through the 1980s and '90s, just as African Americans were becoming more visible than ever. The final portion of the series brings the story up to the present day. As the 21st Century dawned, the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina came as a wake-up call, revealing that the black poor were still grappling with issues that the civil rights movement set out to resolve decades earlier.
February 17, 2022 - 6:00 p.m.
COVID - 19 & the African American Community: Moving Beyond Mistrust & Misinformation
Location: Facebook (CivilRightsCenter) and YouTube (The Center for Civil Rights at ASU)
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; 2022's theme is "Black Health and Wellness".
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)
Some books and e-books in our collection related to the breadth of African-American history and culture include (selections: NF).
In addition to these titles, please visit the Black History Month Display Collection (ED, AE) in OverDrive.