In 1926 American historian Carter G. Woodson established Black History Week in order to commemorate and honor the contributions to our nation made by African-Americans. For many years, it was celebrated during the second week of February to coincide with the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. It is now a month long celebration; in 1976 the week was expanded into Black History Month. Each year, the president proclaims February as National African-American History Month.
The following Grosvenor Room subject guides highlight local African American history resources such as books, newspapers, dvds, and websites. Click on the images below to view the guides: