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Celebrating Diversity: Black History Month

Use this guide as a starting point to learn more about some of the diverse cultures and people found in the United States.

History of Black History Month

American president Gerald Ford officially recognized Black History Month in 1976 although there were earlier celebrations such as Carter G. Woodson's Negro History Week established in 1926. Black History Month, also known as African American History Month, is an annual celebration observed February 1 through March 1 in the United States.

For more information including student organizations and campus resources, consult the Diversity & Inclusion Guide.


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Recommended Print Books

Notable African Americans


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