Black History Month

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Black History Month

Black History Month is an annual observance in February, celebrating the past and present achievements of African Americans. In February 1926, Dr. Carter G. Woodson, founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, proposed the establishment of "Negro History Week" to honor the history and contributions of African Americans to American life. Dr. Woodson, known as the "Father of Black History", chose the second week of February because it commemorates the birthdays of two men who greatly affected the African American community: Abraham Lincoln (February 12) and Frederick Douglass (February 14). Negro History Week became Black History Week in the early 1970's. In 1976, the week-long observance was expanded to a month in honor of the nation's bicentennial.

Black History Month is sponsored by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH). The Association was founded in 1915 by Dr. Carter Woodson--historian, teacher, author and publisher. Each year the Association designates the national theme for Black History Month. The 2018 theme is: African Americans in Times of War.  

2018 Black History Month Planning Committee

Dr. Lanel Love, chair, and assistant director, student multicultural resource center
Dr. Novotny Lawrence, associate professor, radio, television and digital media
Dr. Pamela Smoot, director, college of liberal arts
Dr. Leonard Gadzekpo, associate professor, Africana studies
Dr. Joseph Brown, professor, Africana studies
Dr. Ras Michael Brown, associate professor, history
Najjar Abdul-Musawwir, professor, school of art and design
Salena Pierre, senior, hospitality and tourism administration
Taelor O’Bannon, senior, information systems technology
Jarvell Williams, senior, psychology
Lindsay Washington, graduate masters, mass communication and media arts
Laura King, junior, human nutrition & dietetics
Unique Warfield, senior, management
Brandon Azim, junior, TV, and digital media radio
Kris Wells, graduate masters, architecture
Jada Kelly, junior, Africana studies
Shadashalin Pierce, junior, psychology
Marissa Jackson, senior, Africana studies