Celebrating Black History Month

Black History Month is a special time during the year to celebrate and acknowledge the creativity, accomplishments, and contributions of African Americans year-round.

The celebration of Black History Month began as "Negro History Week," which was created in 1926 by Carter G. Woodson, a noted African American historian, scholar, educator and publisher. It became a month-long celebration in 1976. The month of February was chosen to coincide with the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln.

Through a new weekly series from the DEI Office, we will present and highlight people, contributions, and moments in history from the African American community.

Please check out the Black History Month page on our website to learn more.