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Black History Month

Black History Month

This guide will direct you to resources on Black History Month and African American history. The tabs on the left side of the screen highlight  African American history and culture resources held by the NMSU Library and elsewhere online.

In 1926, historian Carter Woodson created Negro History Week as a way to bring recognition to the numerous contributions Black Americans have made to the United States.  Woodson stated “Those who have no record of what their forebears have accomplished lose the inspiration which comes from the teaching of biography and history.”  Diminished, dismissed, and outright ignored in the past, today's monthlong celebration highlights the pivotal role Black individuals, families, and institutions have played - and continue to play - in advancing our society. 

The ongoing discussions concerning racial equitypolice and judicial reform, reparations, and the black lives matter movement remind us that Black History Month is not only a call to education but also a call to action.  Our library colleagues in Arizona and North Carolina have produced the following LibGuides that provide overviews of the continuing racial issues facing the country: