BLACK HISTORY MONTH
Black History Month started off in the United States as the observation of "Negro History Week", established by Dr. Carter G. Woodson and many other prominent African Americans in 1926. The intention of Negro History Week was to provide a period of time to acknowledge and showcase the contributions of African Americans whose contributions were minimized and at times erased from American History. Negro History Week was established into Black History Month in 1976. Due to the Civil Rights Movement that took place throughout the 1960s, the growth and communal awareness of Black pride, identity, and power assisted in the expansion of recognizing Negro History Week as Black History Month.
The annual large-scale celebration of Black Legacy Month, specifically at Dartmouth, started in February 2016. Despite Black History Month being a nationally recognized historical celebration, it was a student planning committee, including members of the Afro-American Society organization at Dartmouth, with help of then Assistant Dean and Advisor for Black Students Kari Cooke, who made the first official Black Legacy Month celebration happen.
Quoting student, Anthony Fosu '24, from an article published by The Dartmouth, "Part of the reason we changed the name from Black History Month to Black Legacy Month here at Dartmouth is because Black history isn't something that's relegated to the past......It's something that is living and breathing and part of everything we do, even today."
More information on Black History Month can be found here: https://blackhistorymonth.gov/