Black History Month

Happy Black History Month!

The Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center will be posting information about notable African Americans, their contributions, firsts and milestones.

Black History Month – The Origins of Black History Month

In 1915, Carter G. Woodson and Minister Jesse E. Moorland founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH). The ASNLH is the oldest and largest historical society established for the promotion of African American history. The name was later changed to the Association for the Study of the Afro-American Life in History in 1972. In 1926, the organization sponsored a national Negro History Week, which took place on the second week of February to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. By the late 1960s, Negro History Week had evolved into Black History Month on numerous college campuses. In 1976, President Gerald R. Ford officially declared February as Black History Month. Click here for more information

Educational Resources

Black History facts