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.”




Each year the First Sunday in February (Black History Month) is set aside as the National Day of Prayer for the African American and African Family.
First Sunday of February
(February 4, 2018)

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The Black Catholic Ministries for the Diocese of Arlington’s Office of Multicultural Ministries hosts a Rosary Conference Call. This year’s theme is Share the Journey. Please see the attached flyer.


To join this year’s call and pray the rosary with your sisters and brothers all over the country on Monday, February 5, 2018 at noon (EST) dial 641-715-3580 and enter Access Code 951981.

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.