February is “Black History Month”, and the library has scores of biographies, reference and activity books honoring African-Americans. In 1926, African-American author and teacher Dr. Carter Godwin Woodson, who is considered to be the “Father of Black History,” established the first Negro History Week to recognize the accomplishments and contributions of African Americans.
Fifty years later, on the nation’s bicentennial, this celebration of African-American heritage was extended to one month. A commemoration of the historical, cultural and contemporary roles of African Americans in the United States, Black History Month aspires to educate the nation on topics significant to the African-American experience, including slavery, segregation and the civil rights movements.
Tribute is paid to leaders, martyrs, artists, authors and heroes whose remarkable achievements in their respective fields represent the tragedies, triumphs and continuing struggles of the Black community.