February is designated as National African American History Month in the U.S. The intent is to celebrate the contributions African Americans have made to American history in their struggle to achieve equality, freedom, and civil rights. Around the nation, museums, archives, libraries, academic institutions, churches, and other organizations sponsor events and host speakers. This subject guide provides information and resources available through the UWSP Libraries.
National African American History Month originated in 1915 under the auspices of Dr. Carter G. Woodson, when he established the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, now known as Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH). Through his guidance the first Negro History Week occurred in February 1926.
Beginning in 1975 each American President has issued a message or proclamation on the observance of Black History Month (1975-1996) and African American History Month (1996-current). In 1986 Public Law 99-244 was passed, designating February as Black History Month.
"African American History Month." (2015). Law Library, Library of Congress. Retrieved from https://www.loc.gov/law/help/commemorative-observations/african-american.php.