Black History Month was formally established in 1976 but the precursor to this celebration was “Negro History Week” founded by Black scholar Carter G. Woodson in 1926. Woodson was responsible for founding The Journal of African American History in 1916, which was one of the earliest scholarly journals focused on African American research and history.
In addition to honoring the past, Black history month is also about the present.
Here are some ideas for Black History Month:
In Our Communities:
- Visit & Support the Northwest African American Museum
- Buy a Black Black Friday Card from Intentionalist to use at over 100+ participating Black-owned Small Businesses
- Celebrate Black Arts, History, and Culture in Seattle
- Black History Month Events for Seattle-Area Families
- Teaching for Change Black Lives Matter at School
- NEA’s Guide to Black History Month Lessons & Resources
- 40 Black History Month Activities for February and Beyond for Educator