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Black History Month



Black History Month, or National African American History Month, is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. 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.

Research Guides From Maryland State Library Resource Center



Additional information and resources can be obtained by contacting the African American Department at the Pratt Library directly ab or 410-361-9287.  

Collections of Note:

  • African American Rare Book Collection
  • Digital Collection
  • Ephemera Collection
  • Mapping the African American Experience in Maryland
  • Microfilm
  • Funeral Program Collection 

Historical and Cultural Resources

Black History Month: General Resources