Since 1976, every February is recognized as Black History Month where museums, schools, archives, universities, and institutions celebrate the history and achievements of African-Americans in the United States.  Evolving from a series of efforts spearheaded by historians and educators in the early 1900s, it became an academic / cultural recognition event since the 1960s Civil Rights Movement.

 

The beginnings of Black History Month originated with black history groups who established recognition weeks focused on the achievements of African-Americans such as Frederick Douglass.  The movement spread across the country as additional schools and towns began holding their own Black History weeks.  Coinciding with the U.S. Bicentennial celebrations in 1976, President Gerald Ford officially designated February as Black History Month and since then, each year has focused on a certain theme relating to Black History and its importance.

 

If you'd like to know more about the National Archives holdings on African-American history, you can check out the African American Records and see additional posts about African-American history here on the History Hub!: Explore, Transcribe, and Celebrate African American History Help Transcribe African American History Records

 

You can also visit the newest museum in the Smithsonian system; the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Opened in September 2016, the museum has collected thousands of documents, artifacts, and you can learn more about them here:

National Museum of African American History and Culture | A museum that seeks to understand American history through the…