Celebrating Black History Month 

February 01, 2024

Black History Month is an opportunity for organizations everywhere to acknowledge and celebrate the contributions Black people have made to our country’s history and culture.  

The story ofBlack History Month, also called African-American History Month, begins in 1915, half a century after the Thirteenth Amendment abolished slaveryin the United States. 

That September, the Harvard-trained historian Carter G. Woodson, and the prominent minister Jesse E. Moorland founded 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. The event inspired schools and communities nationwide to organize local celebrations, establish history clubs, and host performances and lectures. 

President Gerald Ford officially recognized Black History Month in 1976, 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.” 

As providers of EAPs and mental health services, we would like to use this opportunity to recognize the many ongoing challenges impacting our country’s Black and African American communities and families.  

Mental Health America has compiled many excellent resources to recognize this observance. To learn more, please visit Black History Month.