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Black History

This guide is designed to supplement the DiPietro Library book display celebrating Black History Month (February).

What is Black History Month?

  • February is Black History Month or National African American History Month.
  • National African American History Month celebrates contributions that African Americans have made to American history in their struggles for freedom and equality.
  • The origins of Black History Month are traced to historian and author Carter G. Woodson, who later initiated the first Negro History Week in February 1926.
  • In 1976, Black History Month was officially recognized by the federal government, led by President Gerald Ford.
  • In 1986 Congress passed Public Law 99-244 which designated February 1986 as "National Black (Afro-American) History Month."
  • In February 1996, the Senate passed Senate Resolution 229 commemorating Black History Month and the contributions of African American US Senators.

Source: Law Library of Congress


About this guide

Welcome to DiPietro Library's Black History research guide. In this guide, you will find