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While the first monthlong commemoration began in 1969 at Kent State University, the origins of Black History Month date back to 1915 with the founding of the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH), an organization dedicated to researching and promoting achievements by Black Americans and other peoples of African descent.

The group sponsored a national Negro History week in 1926, choosing the second week of February to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. As the celebration grew traction, mayors of cities across the country began issuing yearly proclamations recognizing "Negro History Week." By the late 1960s, thanks in part to the civil rights movement and a growing awareness of Black identity, "Negro History Week" had evolved into Black History Month on many college campuses.

Then in 1976, President Gerald Ford officially recognized Black History Month, calling upon the public to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”

Black History Month provides a platform to address the complex intersection of historical, social, and cultural factors that contribute to health disparities within Black communities. The College of Public Health aims to understand and uplift discourse on these issues, so that public health efforts can be more effectively tailored to promote equity, inclusivity, and improved health outcomes for all.

Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

We aim to be a champion of diversity, equity and inclusion, in line with our vision to be the catalyst of positive change for population health.

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Art as a Platform for Social Justice

National Museum of African American History & Culture

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Black History Themes

Association for the Study of African American Life and History

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Events

Women's History Month

Women’s History Month is a dedicated month to reflect on the often-overlooked contributions of women to U.S. history.

CHET Speaker Series - Shavonnie R. Carthens, JD

This talk details the broader law and policy-related aspects of this project by exploring which law and policy systems are needed to support health outcomes on a neighborhood level. In addition, this discussion will highlight how law can also contribute to community-level health inequities.

International Women's Day

International Women's Day is celebrated in many countries around the world. It is a day when women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political.