While February might be National Library Lover’s month, and the month when we celebrate Valentine’s Day, there is yet another important part of the United States’ culture that we celebrate widely throughout our nation. It all began with historian Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History when they decided that the second week of February was going to be “Negro History Week”. It wasn’t until 1970 that the whole month of February would be celebrate as Black History Month. In that year, the first celebration of this month took place at Kent State University.
Finally, in 1976 President Gerald Ford officially recognized Black History Month during the United States Bicentennial celebration, urging Americans to take advantage of this and celebrate the too often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans throughout history.
Did you know that the United States isn’t the only country to recognize this special month? The United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, and the Republic of Ireland all have their own ways of celebrating as well.
How will you commemorate Black History Month? We suggest coming down to the Rogers Public Library and checking out a book! Here are some recommendations to start with:
Angel of Greenwood by Randi Pink
42 today : Jackie Robinson and his legacy edited by Michael G. Long
Unsung : unheralded narratives of American slavery & abolition by The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
Our digital collections also have plenty to choose from! Search Libby for well-known black authors or peruse these collections on Hoopla: