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Black History

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

Book Display

Don't forget to check out the Black History Book Display on the main floor of DiPietro Library during the month of February!

About this guide

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

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


Podcast episode: The African History Show