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Each year, Americans observe Black History Month during the month of February. Black History Month celebrates the achievements, honors, contributions, and triumphs of individuals with African or Carribbean heritage.

Black History Month originated 1926 as Black History Week after Carter G. Woodson sent out a press relsease to declare the first ever Black History Week. Woodson was the founder of Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, and was a strong advocater for Black history to be taught in school, as he was a son of former slaves who then achieved a PhD from Harvard University. President Gerald R. Ford expanded the celebration week to a month in 1976. 

To learn more about Black History Month, visit African American History Month.

Join us as we celebrate and highlight the impact of Black succcesses.  We will be sharing activities all month long that will allow you to learn and reflect on some of the world’s brightest and resilient individuals while having fun. Check back in with us each week this February for new activities.

Color and learn about some of our Nation’s most influential Black leaders, such as Dr. Mae Jennison, Thurgood Marshall, and more with free coloring pages!

Challenge your knowledge on Black history, influential leaders, musicians, athletes, and more with free crossword puzzles!

Download free word searches that feature important moments of Black history, as well as famous Black leaders, musicians, athletes, and more.

Featured Black Historical Figure

 

First Black Superintendent of a National Park
Colonel Charles Young became the first Black superintendent of a national park in 1903 after his troops were asked to maintain Sequoia National Park. During his tenure, Young and his troops were able to construct numerous roads and trails within the park that are still used today.
To learn more about his time as Acting Superintendent of Sequoia National Park and his many other achievements, click the button below.