- February 1 is the beginning of Black History Month in the United States. This tradition was initiated by a Harvard-trained historian, Carter G. Woodson, in 1925. He introduced a week-long event to raise awareness about the contributions made by Black individuals.
- Discover resources to learn more about Black History Month, celebrate the achievements of Black Americans, and find events to participate in by using the links below.
- Wear your Black History Month AFA Pin this month and join the celebration. Contact your Local Council if you need a pin.
February 1 marks the first day of Black History Month in the United States. This tradition has a rich legacy that dates back to 1925 when Harvard trained-historian Carter G. Woodson introduced “Negro History Week” to bring attention to the achievements and contributions of Black individuals. It was expanded to its current form in 1976 by President Gerald R. Ford when it became Black History Month. Today, we celebrate the incredible achievements and contributions of Black Americans and honor their legacy and profound impact on our society and the world.
Learn More About Black History
You can learn more about the accomplishments of Black Americans through some of the dedicated websites and resources below.
- National Archives – African American History Month Resources
- National Endowment for the Humanities – African American History and Culture in the United States
- National Park Service – Black History Month
- Smithsonian Institution – National Museum of African American History & Culture
- United States Holocaust Memorial Museum – Black History Month
- Alaska Air Group Black Employees, Allies and Advocates (ABEA) Events (AAG sign-on required)
Celebrate with a Black History Month AFA Pin
In 2019, the AFA Executive Board unanimously passed a resolution recognizing February as Black History Month. The resolution established a unique commemorative pin for AFA Members to wear throughout February.