Black history Month
President Gerald Ford officially recognized Black History Month in 1976, calling upon the public to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”
Read more about Black History Month HERE
Origins of Black History Month
That September, the Harvard-trained historian Carter G. Woodson and the prominent minister Jesse E. Moorland founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH), an organization dedicated to researching and promoting achievements by black Americans and other peoples of African descent.
Known today as the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), the group sponsored a national Negro History week in 1926, choosing the second week of February to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. The event inspired schools and communities nationwide to organize local celebrations, establish history clubs and host performances and lectures.
A Library of Black History
We’d like to share a resource by writer Charles Preston, an extensive, and free Black History Library.
Click HERE for Mr. Preston’s full Google Drive of Black History.
Our Full Reading List
F+F_BHM Reading ListDownload our full Black History Month Reading List HERE