The month of February is designated as Black History Month and also known as African American History Month. During February, Houston Community College pauses to intentionally commemorate the great accomplishments, contributions, lived experiences, and triumphs of Blacks and African Americans. This commemoration helps provide a deeper understanding of how Black History is American History.
Across the institution, informative and engaging programming is being hosted virtually and in-person. Under the leadership of the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Office of Institutional Equity, the newly established African American Resource Group is:
- Informing programming, content, and initiatives to commemorate Black History Month.
- Creating a dedicated space to highlight the programming across the institution.
- Managing Official Black History Event Calendar.
- Curating resources.
Please use this page as a one-stop resource to understand how we’re reflecting, commemorating, and celebrating in February.
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Houston Community College's African American Resource Group
- Inform programming, content, and initiatives to commemorate Black History Month.
- Create a dedicated space to highlight the programming across the institution.
- Manage Official Black History Event Calendar.
- Curate resources.
- Dr. Donna Davis
- Renee Mack
- Dr. Mia Taylor
- Shar-day Campbell
- Andrea Bonner
- Dr. Antrece Baggett
- Candace Batiste
- Carolyn Greene
- Cshenal Jackson
- Daejan Grigsby
- Darlene Daniels
- Donnell Cooper
- Dwight Williams
- Fheryl Prestage
- Hillard Williams
- Juliette Manning
- Lashawnte Alsander
- Dr. Marjorie Brown
- Oliver Charles
- Olivia Cruz
- Dr. Pauline Warren
- Shelita Rowe
- Takisha Blacklock
- Teresa Washburn
- Yolanda Franklin
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History of Black History Month
Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans in recognition of their central role in U.S. history. Also known as African American History Month, 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.
The story of Black History Month began in 1915, half a century after the Thirteenth Amendment abolished slavery in the United States. In September 1915, the Harvard-trained historian Carter G. Woodson and the prominent minister Jesse E. Moorland founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH), an organization dedicated to researching and promoting achievements by Black Americans and other individuals of African descent.
Today the organization is known as the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH). The ASALH sponsored a national Negro History week in 1926, choosing the second week of February to coincide with the birthdays of President Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. The event inspired schools and communities nationwide to organize local celebrations, establish history clubs and host performances and lectures.
In the decades that followed, 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.” Since 1976, every American president has designated February as Black History Month and endorsed a specific theme.
Today, Black History Month is a time to honor the contributions and legacy of African Americans across U.S. history and society—from activists and civil rights pioneers such as Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, Marcus Garvey, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, and Rosa Parks, to leaders in industry, politics, science, culture and more.
The Black History Month 2022 national theme is, “Black Health and Wellness,” which explores "the legacy of not only Black scholars and medical practitioners in Western medicine, but also other ways of knowing (e.g., birth workers, doulas, midwives, naturopaths, herbalists, etc.) throughout the African Diaspora. The 2022 theme considers activities, rituals, and initiatives that Black communities have done to be well."
Adapted from the History Channel, January 19, 2022