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Black History Month Resource Guide

Celebrate Black History Month with the Drexel Libraries

Photograph of African American students in a science labThe Drexel University Libraries celebrates Black History Month in February by featuring resources and stories that honor the culture and contributions of African Americans and the African diaspora.

This resource guide includes information and resources about just a few of the people and some of the research and creative works that have inspired us – and we hope they will inspire you throughout the year!

Be sure to keep checking this page for new resources and updates throughout the year!

About Black History Month

ASALH logo: Association for the Study of African American Life and History: Founders of Black History Month, Est. 1975As a Harvard-trained historian, Carter G. Woodson, like W. E. B. Du Bois before him, believed that truth could not be denied and that reason would prevail over prejudice. His hopes to raise awareness of African American's contributions to civilization was realized when he and the organization he founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH), conceived and announced Negro History Week in 1925. 

In 1976, fifty years after the first celebration, the association held the first Black History Month. By this time, the entire nation had come to recognize the importance of Black history in the drama of the American story. Since then each American president has issued Black History Month proclamations. And the association—now the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH)—continues to promote the study of Black history all year.

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Photograph of book display in W. W. Hagerty Library 2022. Featuring brightly colored book titles and signage celebrating diversity, equity and inclusion.These guides provide resources and information about monthly heritage celebrations, available through the Drexel Libraries and other organizations. 

Contact us if you would like to share resources and other widely recognized cultural observances for consideration!