The University of Minnesota Rochester Celebrates Black History Month

Authored By: dies0044 02/08/2022

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Every February the U.S. recognizes the sacrifices and contributions of African Americans who have shaped the nation. Black History Month's goal is to honor the cultural heritage, achievements and adversities that are an intrinsic part of our country's history. 

in 1926, Carter G. Woodson, the "father of Black history," first set out to designate a time to promote and educate people about Black history and culture. Woodson envisioned a weeklong celebration to encourage the teaching of Black history in public schools. The idea eventually grew in acceptance, and by the late 1960s, the event had evolved from a week long into what is now known as Black History Month. Protests around racial injustice, inequality and anti-imperialism that were occurring in many parts of the U.S. in the 1960's were pivotal to the change in attitudes.

Fifty years after the first celebrations, President Gerald R. Ford officially recognized Black History Month during the country's 1976 bicentennial.

Black History Month Events

Film: Respect 
Thursday, February 17
7 p.m.
The Nest 
Co-Sponsored with BSU

Poetry Slam
Saturday, February 19
6 p.m.
The Nest
Sponsored by African Student Association

Ebony Night 
A celebration of talent
Friday, February 25 
6-8 p.m.
DoubleTree Banquet Room