During the month of February, we commemorate Black History Month, a yearly celebration of the many ways Black and African American individuals have shaped this country’s history and continue to shape its present and future.
For the last few years, we have aligned our celebration with the theme determined by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), which sponsored the very first “Negro History Week.” Fifty years later, in 1976, that week expanded to a full month. This year’s Annual Black History theme of African Americans and the Arts:
African American art is infused with African, Caribbean, and the Black American lived experiences. In the fields of visual and performing arts, literature, fashion, folklore, language, film, music, architecture, culinary and other forms of cultural expression, the African American influence has been paramount. African American artists have used art to preserve history and community memory as well as for empowerment. Artistic and cultural movements such as the New Negro, Black Arts, Black Renaissance, hip-hop, and Afrofuturism, have been led by people of African descent and set the standard for popular trends around the world. In 2024, we examine the varied history and life of African American arts and artisans.…
In celebrating the entire history of African Americans and the arts, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) puts into the national spotlight the richness of the past and present with an eye towards what the rest of the twenty-first century will bring. ASALH dedicates its 98th Annual Black History Theme to African Americans and the arts.
Here are some resources that have been shared by staff and teams:
- Teaching Resources for Black History Month
- Learning For Justice
- Black History Museums You Can Explore From Home
- Black Brilliance | PBS
- Underground Railroad Quilt Codes: What We Know, What We Believe, and What Inspires Us | Folklife Magazine
- Following the North Star to Freedom
- Music- DJ Kool Herc and the Turntable
- Fisk Gymnastics star Morgan Price pushed SEC offer aside to make HBCU history