This year, the theme of Black History Month,“Black Family: Representation, Identity and Diversity”, explores the African diaspora, and the spread of Black families across the United States.
The organization now known as the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) first celebrated Black History Week in 1926. After 50 years of lobbying and education campaigns by the ASALH for the week to become a month, and for the federal government to recognize it as a national holiday, Black History Month was finally recognized at the federal level in 1976. For more information on the history of Black History Month click here. Let’s learn together.
Online Exhibits, Resources, & Collections
There are currently a number of great resources and exhibits available online so you can better educate yourself about Black History in this country. We’ve compiled a list with a few places to start.
Highlights from the National Portrait Gallery Collection featuring portraits of African-Americans have been compiled here. You’ll find portraits of Langston Hughes, Harriet Tubman, Barack Obama, Phillis Wheatley, and Ida B. Wells…just to name a few.
We Return Fighting is a National Museum of African-American History and Culture exhibit highlighting the the history of Black Americans as service members, specifically the more than 380,000 who fought in WWI. Worth a note that the Collection Stories section of NMAAH’s website is an absolute treasure trove.
National Women’s History Museum launched an online photo exhibition called Standing up for Change: African American Women and the Civil Rights Movement documenting the role of Black women during the civil rights movement as leaders, featuring art and documents dating from early anti-abolition efforts all the way to the mid-20th century.
Here is a comprehensive list of exhibits and collections organized by topic. Keep learning.
Looking forward…in the hope that the ability to travel around the country is in our collective futures, you might want to add these African-American Heritage Sites to your bucket list.