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Celebrate Black History Month

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Join the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) for its Third Annual Black History Month Festival celebrating the 2023 Black History theme, “Black Resistance.” Black Resistance has taken many forms throughout history. As the late Congressman John Lewis advised, “Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble.” 

During these uncertain times in which the very nature of the ways in which Black history can be legally taught are in peril, the festival provides an opportunity to explore various aspects of Black life and history. Festival programming will take place “in person” in Washington, D.C. as well as virtually on ASALH-TV (ASALH’s YouTube channel) throughout the month of February. The virtual programming will include panels, discussions, author book talks, a workshop, and the announcement of the winner of the 2023 ASALH Annual Book Prize. 

—ASALH press release

Black History Month Resources

About Black History Month

“This Web portal is a collaborative project of the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and U.S. National Archives and Records Administration.”

Welcome to BlackPast

This site (motto: “Every day is Black History Month!”) offers extensive materials, including a section called “BlackPast Kids.” It presents the story of Carter G. Woodson (1875-1950), known as “The Father of Black History.” 

Black History Month


Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH)

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