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Annual Black History Month Lecture

VCU Libraries celebrates the African-American experience and achievements in art, culture, history, literature and the sciences. 

Black History Month: A Brief Overview

Dr. Carter G. Woodson, a native Virginian and Harvard historian, founded the Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History in 1915. The mission of this association was to train black historians and to collect, maintain, and publish documents in African-American history. 

Eleven years later, in 1926, he established "Negro History Week" to promote racial understanding and to coordinate the study of the African experience in American and world history. The name changed to "Afro-American (Black) History Week" in 1972. Black Americans wanted to focus on their African background and to recognize their specific contributions as American citizens.

The month of February was chosen for this celebration because it contained the birthdays of both Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. During America's Bicentennial celebration of 1976, the Association shared prominently in the promotion of American history. The week-long celebration became Black History Month to allow more time for programs and study.

Upcoming Events

Details of future events are forthcoming.

Past Events

13th Annual Black History Month Lecture: Still Separate, Still Unequal

13th Annual Black History Month Lecture: Still Separate, Still Unequal

More than half a century after the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the landmark ruling in Brown v. Board of Education, long after the official end to "separate but equal," deep racial injustice persists in our society. Unequal access to education remains a dominate force shaping our communities and is seen widely as a pressing civil rights issue today. ACLU Racial Justice Program Director Dennis Parker will examine the extent of educational inequity and how our society pushes some children from the education system to the justice system. He will examine how implicit bias defines the modern United States in nuanced ways that stubbornly obstruct our progress toward equality for all. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The event will be followed by a public reception.

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