Black History Month, also known as African American History Month, was first recognized nationally in 1976, following President Ford's Message on the Observation of Black History Week. This historic month, however, can trace its roots all the way back to 1915.
"National African American History Month had its origins in 1915 when historian and author Dr. Carter G. Woodson founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History. This organization is now known as the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (“ASALH”). Through this organization Dr. Woodson initiated the first Negro History Week in February 1926. Dr. Woodson selected the week in February that included the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, two key figures in the history of African Americans." (excerpt taken from Library of Congress)
For more information about African American History Month, please check out the following links:
- African American History Month Website
- Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH)
- History Channel
To celebrate Black History Month, A&GS has organized several events and resources:
- University-Wide Events
- Stories from the A&GS African American Community
- Notable African American Stories in Meteorology, Geography, and Related Disciplines
- Resources (including webinars and videos)
- AGS, NWC, SOM, and DGES social media accounts
We hope you will join us in acknowledging and celebrating the contributions of African Americans in A&GS and beyond.