“Real education means to inspire people to live more abundantly, to learn to begin with life as they find it and make it better,”
Carter G. Woodson, a Harvard-trained historian, believed that reason would prevail over prejudice. His hopes to raise awareness of African American's contributions to society came to fruition when himself and the organization he founded (the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH)), conceived and announced Negro History Week in 1925. It was first celebrated in February 1926 during a week which encompassed the birthdays of both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. In 1976, the celebration was expanded to the entire month of February, which allowed the nation to take time to recognize the importance of Black History in the story of America.
"Without this hard work, time becomes an ally of the primitive forces of social stagnation. So we must help time and realize that the time is always right to do right." ― Commencement Address for Oberlin College by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., June 1965
There are so many ways to celebrate Black History Month with SCCLD this February!
- Register for this Beanstack Challenge and earn badges.
- Attend one of our programs being held all month long, for adults, teens, and children.
- View "Black and White in Black and White: Images of Dignity, Hope, and Diversity in America." This digital art collection curated by Douglas Keister and is brought to you in partnership with Exhibit Envoy.
We are also proud to present three booklists spanning ages 0-13, 14-17, and 18+. Click the links below to learn more and read in celebration of Black History Month!