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Black History Month – February

The African American historian, Carter G. Woodson, first conceived of the idea of a Negro History Week (which later became Black History Month). He envisioned a celebration of black history and achievement as well as an educational forum. The first annual celebration took place in 1926. It was held during the 2nd week of February in honor of the birthdays of African American scholar Frederick Douglass and former United States president Abraham Lincoln.

The Colgate University Libraries have numerous resources for learning about African American history and experience. Some examples include:

 Encyclopedias

Oxford African American Studies Center
Civil Rights Movement: People and Perspectives
Africana : the encyclopedia of the African and African American experience, Case Ref – DT14 .A37435 2005
Encyclopedia of African-American culture and history: the Black experience in the Americas
Encyclopedia of the African Diaspora: Origins, Experiences, and Culture
Harlem Renaissance

Newspapers & Magazines

Ethnic NewsWatch
African American Newspapers: the 19th Century
African American Newspapers – 1827 – 1998 (Newsbank)

  Scholarly Articles

America: History and Life
Africana Periodical Literature Bibliographic Database

Primary Sources

African American frontiers : slave narratives and oral histories
Black Literature Index
Oxford African American Studies Center
Antebellum slave narratives : cultural and political expressions of Africa, CASE Main – E444 .A73 2009

Many other resources are available from the Libraries’ African American Studies page or by searching in the Library Catalog.

Note: The text was adapted from an article by Marian Aguiar in the Africana: The Encyclopedia of the African and African American Experience. The photo is by Robert Scurlock, Scurlock Studio Records, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution. The text and photo are available from the Oxford African American Studies Center.

Black History Month – February

The African American historian, Carter G. Woodson, first conceived of the idea of a Negro History Week (which later became Black History Month). He envisioned a celebration of black history and achievement as well as an educational forum. The first annual celebration took place in 1926. It was held during the 2nd week of February in honor of the birthdays of African American scholar Frederick Douglass and former United States president Abraham Lincoln.

The Colgate University Libraries have numerous resources for learning about African American history and experience. Some examples include:

Encyclopedias

 Newspapers & Magazines

 Scholarly Articles

Primary Sources

 Many other resources are available from the Libraries’ African American Studies page or by searching in the Library Catalog.

 Note: The text was adapted from an article by Marian Aguiar in theAfricana: The Encyclopedia of the African and African American Experience. The photo is by Robert Scurlock, Scurlock Studio Records, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution. The text and photo are available from the Oxford African American Studies Center.