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Black History Month is an annual celebration of the contributions, achievements, and rich history of African Americans. Originating in the United States as "Negro History Week" in 1926, it has since expanded to a month-long observance each February. The purpose of Black History Month is to recognize and honor the central role of African Americans in shaping American history and culture. It is a time to reflect on the struggles and triumphs of African Americans, from their early history in America to their present-day accomplishments and contributions. This observance serves as a reminder of the importance of acknowledging and preserving the unique cultural heritage of African Americans and the impact they have had on society. Through events, exhibits, and educational programs, Black History Month provides an opportunity for individuals and communities to come together to celebrate and recognize the achievements of African Americans, and to continue working towards a more inclusive and equitable future. Discover our virtual book display, showcasing a diverse selection of library materials in celebration of Black History Month. Immerse yourself in the rich history and cultural heritage of African Americans through a range of curated items.
Subject(s): African American history, key figures, and culture. Best for: Starting your research, choosing a topic, or finding sources from the time period. Includes: Broad overviews of eras in history, short entries on scholarly topics, and primary sources.