Black History Month was first recognized as “Negro History Week” by African American Scholar—Dr. Carter G. Woodson in 1926. In 1976, Black History Month was expanded to include the entire month of February. Dr. Woodson selected the month of February because it included the birthdays of abolitionist Fredrick Douglass and President Abraham Lincoln.
Although we have made significant progress since its inception, Black History Month remains relevant because it focuses on the need to fill the gap in the educational curriculum that often neglects—or even omits—the accomplishments of people of diverse backgrounds. Consequently, many educators and organizations use the month as a time to shine a spotlight on the wide range of African American inventors, artists, explorers, educators, scientists, leaders, laborers, soldiers and others who have assisted in making the United States the great country that it is.
In recognition of Black History Month, there are several programs planned on campus throughout the month of February. The Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Black Student Union invite faculty, staff, and students of all racial and ethnic backgrounds to come join us in celebration.