The History of Black History Month
Black history was first celebrated in the United States as "Negro History Week," on February 12, 1926. Carter G. Woodson, a pre-eminent historian and the founder of the Association for the Study of Negro Life and history created the week out of concern that the contributions and history of African Americans were being overlooked in the study of American history. February was selected because it included the birthdays of both Abraham Lincoln (February 12) and Frederick Douglas (February 14), both of whom had significant impacts on the lives of black men and women in the United States. In 1976, the week became a month long celebration.
National Visionary Leadership Project
To watch more video interviews and learn further information about African American visionaries visit the
Celebrate Black History Month!
Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history.
In recognition, the BMC Miami Library has compiled this guide of information resources to help you learn about important people and events black history.
BMC Miami Black History Month Events
Check back to see what exciting events BMC Miami is planning in celebration of Black History and cultural diversity.
Resources from LRC Databases
Presidential Proclamation — National African American History Month
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
February 01, 2011