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African American History

What is in this guide?

Louis Armstrong playing a trumpet



Welcome to the guide of African American History. This guide of resources is intended to support African American research in America from the 1800s-present. This guide provides the researcher with helpful tips, and suggested print and electronic resources, and citation guidance.

African American History Month

Portrait of Dr. Carter G. Woodson, ca. 1915

African American History Month is celebrated annually in February. Historian and author Dr. Carter G. Woodson, founder of the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, sent out a press release declaring the first Negro History Week in February 1926. Dr. Woodson chose the month of February because it was the birth month of both Abraham Lincoln and Fredrick Douglas. These two illustrious men evoked changes in African American history that still impact us today. Organizations across the United States began to acknowledge his initiative, and it became more mainstream. It began to cultivate an advance in academic success, a need for African American representation, and additional resources. The demand grew so high that Dr. Woodson and his colleagues couldn’t keep up with resources to support educator efforts.

To learn more about African American History Month, visit African American History Month and The Man Behind Black History Month



Pruitt, Sarah. "The Man Behind Black History Month.", 2 February 2017.

Photo of Dr. Carter G. Woodson. (1915). Carter G. Woodson. National Park Service. 

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