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Black History Month Celebration

Black History Month is a National Annual Observance for remembrance of important people and events in the history of the African diaspora. It is celebrated annually in the United States and Canada in February and the United Kingdom in the month of October.  The remembrance originated in 1926 by historian Carter G. Woodson as "Negro History Week." Woodson chose the second week of February because it marked the birthdays of two Americans who greatly influenced the lives and social condition of African Americans: former President Abraham Lincoln and abolitionist and former slave Frederick Douglass. Woodson also founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, now the Association for the Study of African American Life and History.

On September 9, 1915, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) was established on Dr. Carter G. Woodson.  The organization carries forth the work of its founder, the Father of Black History.  It continues his legacy of speaking a fundamental truth to the world--that Africans and peoples of African descent are makers of history and co-workers in what W. E. B. Du Bois called, "The Kingdom of Culture."  ASALH's mission is to create and disseminate knowledge about Black History, to be, in short, the nexus between the Ivory Tower and the global public.  We labor in the service of Black folks and all humanity.

For those interested in the study of identity and ideology, an exploration of ASALH's Black History themes is itself instructive.  Over the years, the themes reflect changes in how people of African descent in the United States have viewed themselves, the influence of social movements on racial ideologies, and the aspirations of the black community.


Once again the Department of Christian Education recommends the use of ASALH's Black History Kit. You may order your kit on-line at www.asalh.org/themeproducts.html. The cost of the kit is $50.00.
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