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Black History Month Dean Hope Center

Join us in celebrating Black History Month! Black History Month was initially “Negro History Week” and was established by Carter G. Woodson and his colleagues at the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History. However, one week was not enough. In 1986, “Negro History Week” expanded into National Black History Month and was designated to the month of February by the US Congress. Throughout the month of February, we honor the extraordinary achievements and contributions of Black powerful leaders, unsung heroes, and trailblazing artists. Their accomplishments have shaped our nation’s history.


Black History Month provides us with the opportunity to acknowledge the violent history of slavery, the continous fight to obtain civil rights, and the resliency of the Black community. In addition, it also allows us to celebrate the diversity, richness, and joy found within Black culture. Now, more than ever, we must use our voices to continue learning, educating, and advocating for Black lives. 


Systemic racism and oppression continue to significantly impact the resources and opportunities Black individuals have access to. The fight towards racial justice has been difficult and long, but the future is bright. A new generation of Black leaders, heroes, and artists are emerging to continue the legacy of Black power and excellence. They remind us that Black history is not only about the past, but about the present and the future. Even though February is designated as Black History Month, we can reflect on how the contributions of the Black community play a vital role in our everyday lives. 


Check Out: 10 African & African-American Psychologists You Should Know 


First Black Clinical Psychologist: Francis Cecil Summer, PhD 

First Black School Psychologist: Albert Sidney Beckham, PhD


Here are different ways you can celebrate Black History Month:

  • Engage in anti-racism practices. 
  • Learn and appreciate Black History by reading books by Black authors, written about Black characters/people, or history. You can also listen to podcasts, music, and watch films celebrating Black narratives. 
  • Visit Black History or Civil Rights Museum in your local area (Following Covid-19 Safety Protocols) or view their virtual tours. 
  • Support/buy from Black businesses.
  • Donate to Black organizations. 
  • Learn about an unsung Black hero. 
  • Learn/study about the African Diaspora. 
  • Support a Black artist (artist, poet, musician, etc). 
  • Support the Black media and/or Black Press. 
  • Engage in healthy conversations about race, ethnicity, and culture. 


Organizations: Petition, Donate

Virtual Programming: 


Celebrating and Learning About Black History and Culture: Reading


Celebrating and Learning About Black History and Culture: Podcasts


Celebrating and Learning About Black History and Culture: Music 


Recommendations from Our Staff:

Yanette Rosario

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates - Book

Becoming by Michelle Obama - Book

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas - Book

If I Grow Up by Todd Strasser - Book

Code Switch - Podcast 

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together In The Cafeteria? And other Conversations About Race by Dr. Beverly Tatum - Book