Black History Month


Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of Blacks in U.S. history. The event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating black history.

Mayors of cities across the country began issuing yearly proclamations recognizing Negro History Week. By the late 1960s, thanks in part to the civil rights movement and a growing awareness of black identity, Negro History Week had evolved into Black History Month on many college campuses.

President Gerald Ford officially recognized Black History Month in 1976, calling upon the public to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”



Catholic ministry leaders converesed the new film Just Mercy, and the ways in which it can inspire action among Catholics to address the sin of racism!  Just Mercy tells the stunning true story of young lawyer Bryan Stevenson and hist history-making fight to exonerate Walter McMillan, a Black man convicted and sentenced to death in Alabama for a crim he did not commit.

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Building Leadership in the
Black Catholic Community

FEBRUARY 14-16, 2020 2:00 p.m. ET

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for unique stories and facts about Black history, culture and accomplishments. We profile African Americans who made and/or are still making significant contributions to technology, business, entertainment, politics, and even sports!
Celebrate Black History Month with these twenty-eight ideas, one for each day of February, that recognize the heritage, accomplishments, and culture of African Americans in the United States.

Celebrate Black History Month with your children this February, and learn about the accomplishments of famous and lesser-known African-Americans. Download printables and coloring pages for kids, take quizzes, find activities, and read articles about the historic struggle for civil rights
The significant contributions of African-Americans in the fields of science, politics, literature, the law, the arts, and more are seemingly endless. We celebrate those contributions with our Black History Month pages. CLICK HERE for coloring sheets,  challenging puzzles, informative passages about key figures in the civil rights movement, underground railroad, notable African American inventors, the Emancipation Proclamation, and the history of both hip-hop and rock ’n’ roll music.

14 Black Inventors You Probably Didn’t Know About

Many people have read the story of how George Washington Carver invented peanut butter. Others are familiar with the story of Sarah Breedlove, aka Madam C. J. Walker, the inventor of beauty products and the first woman to become a self-made millionaire in America. And thanks to the Academy Award nominated film, Hidden Figures, we’re now all familiar with the amazing contributions of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson.

But, did you know that many of the products we use every day were created by black people? Here’s a list of 14 of them that, until now, you probably didn’t know about.


The Knights of Peter Claver and Ladies Auxiliary Encourages
You to Celebrate and Honor Black History Month
by Standing for Social Justice!

CLICK HERE to Read the
Winter 2019-2020 Social Justice Issue
of the Claverite Magazine

Download the KPC Social Justice Resource Book!

Visit the KPC Social Justice Webpage