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History of Black History Month

Black History Month, also known as African American History Month, honors Americans of African descent throughout history who fought against adversity, oppression, and discrimination, as well as those who continue to work towards equality, equity, and unity for all.  Black History Month grew out of Negro Week, sponsored by the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH) in 1925.  The second week of February was selected to honor the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass.  After the Civil rights movement of the 1960s and early 1970s, in 1976, President Gerald R. Ford designated February as the nation’s first African American History Month.

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Every February join us for the Living History Museum of African American heroes!

Participants gain excellent presentation and research skills, learn the importance of history, become civically engaged, work with community mentors, and of course, have fun while being creative and learning about African American heroes who helped change the world.

Students of all backgrounds in grades K-8 from all school districts may participate.

This year, we're going virtual!

The Living History Museum of African American Heroes will take place Feb 28, 2021 at 2 PM.

Watch the official announcement on Youtube

Zoom Invitations will be available beginning the week of Feb 7, 2021. All ages can attend to be inspired by our children's videos, try some tricky trivia and attend the award ceremony.

How to participate:

  1. Select an African American Hero who inspires you!
  2. Register online - please note that parental permission is required
  3. Research your hero and prepare to portray your hero.
  4. Record your portrayal and submit to the Living History Museum
  5. Deadline to submit your video is Jan 31, 2021

Want more info? Check out the cool YouTube video below created by past participants or contact Laura Henry:

This program is sponsored by the Palos Verdes Chapter of The Links, Inc., the Black Heritage Association, Jack and Jill of America, South Los Angeles Chapter and the Rolling Hills/Palos Verdes Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Photos from past Living History Museums: 20182017

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