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During the month of February, we celebrate African American History Month.

Films and Videos Related to Black History Month | Films on Demand

Key Databases at the RCC Library related to African American History

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               Black History Month 2020

African Americans and the Vote

This year's Black History Month Theme is African Americans and the Vote, which coincides with the centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment and the sesquicentennial of the Fifteenth Amendment. As such, this year's theme underscores the continued battle for the African American vote with particular emphasis on notable African American suffragists.

Learn more about African American women suffragists with this blog post from the National Museum of African American History & Culture:  

To learn more about the struggle for voting rights, visit the ACLU's interactive timeline, A History of the Voting Rights Act (which is also featured in the Library's exhibit):


Key Internet Resources related to Black History Month

Library of Congress Celebrates National African American History Month

National African American History Month had its origins in 1915 when historian and author Dr. Carter G. Woodson founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History. This organization is now known as the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (“ASALH”). Through this organization Dr. Woodson initiated the first Negro History Week in February 1926. Dr. Woodson selected the week in February that included the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, two key figures in the history of African Americans.

The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. It was established by Act of Congress in 2003, following decades of efforts to promote and highlight the contributions of African Americans. To date, the Museum has collected more than 36,000 artifacts and nearly 100,000 individuals have become members.



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Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of blacks in U.S. history. The event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating black history.

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