Black History Month

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National Black History Month

During February is a time for all Americans to celebrate the achievements of African Americans. The month recognizes their central role in American history.

Black History Month History

Black History Month was created by twentieth-century historian Carter Woodson, who believed black Americans were not adequately represented in the study of American history. Carter Woodson hoped for the day when black history would be accepted as a part of American history. Formerly known as Negro History Week, Black History Month was officially declared by President Gerald Ford in 1976.

Ways to Observe Black History Month Safely

Honoring Black History Month may look and feel a lot different this year during the coronavirus pandemic, but there are still plenty of ways to celebrate!

Participate in Online Events

Throughout the month of February, the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture is launching virtual events and conversations that affirm and preserve the accomplishments of African Americans throughout history. Events are free and open to all, but registration is required. Later this month, the museum will also hold a virtual event that discusses the economic impact of Covid-19 and the history of public health for African Americans.

Celebrate through Song

In honor of Black History Month, the Chicago Children's Choir will host its annual Black History Month Concert, virtually. 

Take Virtual Field Trips

With many museums shuttered due to Covid, Black History Museums across the US are unable to welcome guests or program as in years past, pushing many galleries to go digital. Without having to stand in line or scramble for tickets, Black art connoisseurs can now visit galleries from home!

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