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Excerpts from: Black History Month at History.com

African Americans have played a central role in shaping U.S. history. From slavery and its abolition to the Great Migration, the civil rights movement, and military, scientific, cultural, and political achievements, explore key moments, milestones, and figures in Black History.

The story of Black History Month begins in 1915, half a century after the Thirteenth Amendment abolished slavery in the United States.

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.

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.

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.” Today, Black History Month is a time to honor the contributions and legacy of African Americans across U.S. history and society—from activists and civil rights pioneers such as Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Marcus Garvey, Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, and Rosa Parks to leaders in industry, politics, science, culture and more. 

For more information, loads of links to a plethora of fascinating and inspiring stories from history, and more, go to:

For more links and learnings from the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC, go to: https://nmaahc.si.edu/explore/initiatives/black-history-month-2024

For the digital repository for the Black experience, an educational resource ideal for students, teachers, and institutions, go to: https://www.thehistorymakers.org/