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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.

For more information on the national recognition of African American History Month, visit https://africanamericanhistorymonth.gov/

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The Living History Museum of African American Heroes held this year on February 28, 2021 went virtual!
 
Meet Walter Scott, Katherine Dunbar, Langston Hughes, and more heroes at the The Living History Museum of African American Heroes! Thirty-six children from 4th - 8th grade created and submitted outstanding videos in which they portrayed their heroes. The first Living History Museum Essay Award winners were also announced.

 

Watch the 2021 Living History Museum of African American Heroes event here!

 

Watch the official announcement on Youtube

Photos from past Living History Museums: 20182017

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.

Questions? Contact Laura Henry: lhenry@pvld.org

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