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All about Black History Month

Since 1976, every United States president has observed Black History Month each February. This time is dedicated to celebrating African American heritage and the achievements of people of African descent. 

Starting as a week-long celebration in the 1920s, Negro History Week and Black History Month have inspired numerous events and communities over the last century. Today, museums, college campuses, government agencies, and nationwide communities rally together to recognize contributions that people of African descent have made throughout American and world history.

How will you celebrate Black
History Month this year? If you have African ancestors, it is the perfect time
to honor your ancestors and to learn more about your African and African
American heritage. 

a black family laughs together.

Black History Month Activities

Black History Month has inspired new clubs,
college lectures, celebrations, and performances. There are bound to be local
events near you, or you can simply take the time to learn about African
American history.

Black History month isn’t just for black people; it is for everyone! Use this time to learn as much as you can about the positive contributions and legacies of many African Americans and of those of African descent. Or record and share your experiences today to expand a community of sharing and mutual understanding in the United States.

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Influential African American Women

shirley chisolm in front of a board

Despite the barriers in their way, many African American women have had a significant impact on culture and history. Women such as Ida B. Wells, Ella Jo Baker, Fannie Lou Hamer, and many others have left their mark and changed the world for the better.

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Search African Heritage Records

To celebrate Black History Month, FamilySearch has added 29 new record collections specifically containing information on individuals of African descent. Try finding your ancestors within these collections using the search form below!


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Source: Family Search

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