Black History Month 2017

BHM 2018

To commemorate and celebrate the contributions to our nation made by people of African descent, American historian Carter G. Woodson established Black History Week. The first celebration occurred on Feb. 12, 1926. For many years, the second week of February was set aside for this celebration to coincide with the birthdays of abolitionist/editor Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. In 1976, as part of the nation’s bicentennial, the week was expanded to a month. Since then, U.S. presidents have proclaimed February as National African-American History Month.

Resources & Events

The Library of Congress—
Black History Month Exhibits and Collections
Black History Month Audio and Video
Black History Month Images

TIME Magazine—This Is How February Became Black History Month

The Black History Podcast
The African diaspora is a rich tapestry weaving through the course of time, with not only a strong impact on the American society, but throughout the world. The "Black History" podcast ventures to each week introduce an innovative topic, influential person or present interesting aspects of history related to the African diaspora to those seeking knowledge and enlightenment.

PopSugar — Black History Month Interviews, 18 Incredible Women Making Black History

Black Heritage Banquet
presented by the Association of Black Students
in conjunction with the Department of Multicultural Affairs
February 22 at 7 p.m. Cashion 5th Floor, Baylor Campus

ASA Fashion Show
February 25 at 6 p.m.
Barfield Drawing Room, Baylor Campus

History Department Lecture
John Bracey — "My Encounters with King and X"
February 26 at 3:30 p.m. in Hankamer 101, Baylor Campus


For the full list of events hosted by the Multicultural Affairs Department, click here