February is African American History Month
Celebrate African American History at John F. Kennedy University
Thank you for celebrating African American History with us. Come to the Robert M. Fisher Library on our Pleasant Hill campus and explore our collection of books celebrating the history of Black Americans. We hope to see you soon.
Featured Image: Operating a hand drill at Vultee-Nashville / Alfred T. Palmer (1943)
Operating a hand drill at Vultee-Nashville, woman is working on a "Vengeance" dive bomber, Tennessee
Library of Congress. Farm Security Administration - Office of War Information Collection 12002-41. Reproduction Number: LC-DIG-fsac-1a35371
Origins of Black History Month
As a Harvard-trained historian, Carter G. Woodson, like W. E. B. Du Bois before him, believed that truth could not be denied and that reason would prevail over prejudice. His hopes to raise awareness of African American's contributions to civilization was realized when he and the organization he founded, the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH), conceived and announced Negro History Week in 1925. The event was first celebrated during a week in February 1926 that encompassed the birthdays of both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. [...]
The celebration was expanded to a month in 1976, the nation's bicentennial. President Gerald R. Ford urged Americans to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.” That year, fifty years after the first celebration, the association held the first African American History Month. [...] Since then each American president has issued African American History Month proclamations. And the association—now the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH)—continues to promote the study of Black history all year.
(Excerpt from an essay by Daryl Michael Scott, Howard University, for ASALH, retrieved from the African American History Month website)