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In 1926, the Association for the Study of African American Life---then known as the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History---established Negro History Week in mid-February. There was nothing random about the choice of month:  February marks the birthdays of both Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. In the 90 years since, Negro History Week has been transformed into African American History Month. Under any name, however, this event, first envisioned by Carter G. Woodson and Jesse Moorland, has become a cornerstone of our celebration of diversity.
Negro History Week was the start of a vastly important discussion about the contributions made by all members of our society to the strength and vitality of the nation. The achievements of African American men and women in the Arts, Sciences, Literature and Industry have been overlooked and undervalued for too long. That this critical point of history and fact could be irrefutably established in the second decade of the twentieth century made it possible for other voices to be heard, recognized, and appreciated.
As we begin our celebration of Black/African American History Month, let us acknowledge the vision and courage of those who paved the way for so many and contributed so greatly to the American Experience. I encourage you to check our website for announcements on activities we’ve planned, and to participate whenever possible (
One of the many privileges of being part of a community like ours is having the opportunity to increase our understanding of our nation’s history and of the cultures that make it so rich and vibrant. Please take advantage of this opportunity to celebrate the blessings of our diversity. This month…and every month!