Black History Month

Learn More about African American History Month


February 1 - 28

Black History Month (known officially in the United States as African American History Month) is celebrated annually in February, paying tribute to the generations of African-Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society.

Historian Carter G. Woodson created Negro History Week, which was first celebrated in February 1926, during the week that encompassed the birthdays of both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. In 1976, the celebration was expanded to encompass the entire month of February by President Gerald R. Ford and since then every American president has issued African American History Month proclamations.

Learn More about African American History Month

In celebration of Black History Month, we compiled a list of picture books to read with your child by noted African American authors. Some inspire young minds, some are just for fun, and all are perfect for enjoying together.

Continue Reading: Fantastic Books for Kids by African American Authors

The African American Newspapers database is an amazing digital primary source collection providing first-hand perspectives on notable Americans.

Continue Reading: African American Newspapers Chronicles a Century and a Half of the African American Experience

Notable fiction and nonfiction books for adults, teens and children ... to read during Black History Month and beyond.

Continue Reading: Books to Read During Black History Month and Beyond