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Black History Month: Black History Month

The purpose of this guide to celebrate and recognize Black History Month

Black History Month

Carter G, WoodsonBlack History Month 2022

Black History Month is known to many as a monthlong commemoration of African American history and achievement that takes place each February in the United States.

Before Black History Month, there was Negro History Week that was organized by Carter G, Woodson and members of his Association for the Study of Negro Life and History in February 1926. Negro History Week grew in popularity, with American cities initiating their own celebrations of Black achievements and with teachers—particularly in schools with a large percentage of African American students—using class time to discuss contributions to history made by notable African Americans. The civil rights movement also contributed to its popularity. Negro History Week was expanded to become Black History Month in 1976, with U.S. Pres. Gerald Ford urging Americans to participate in its observance.

Black History Month is widely known to be celebrated with a range of events at public schools, universities, and museums as well as within individual communities across the country. 

Notable People

Celebrate in Chicago

African American History Online Events

Look at these online events ( via Zoom) sponsored by the Chicago Public library.Events are free, however, advance registration is required.

Events Worth Noting

African American History Online Events

Look at monthly events to celebrate Black History Month!


Remembering Dr. King 1929-1968 Event

The Chicago History Museum is hosting an exhibit in rememberance of Dr. Martin Luther King. General Admission will give you access to the exhibit! 

Dusable Museum

In celebration of Black History Month, DuSable Museum is hosting a number of events during the month of February.


Black History Month-Forest Park Public Library

Join the library, the Historical Society of Forest Park, and the Illinois Juneteenth Committee for a month-long series of events celebrating Black History Month.