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Black History Month

2023 Black History Month

African-American/Black History Month is an annual celebration which recognizes the significant contributions of African-Americans throughout our nation’s history, through their contributions in arts, entertainment, law, politics, sciences, sports and so much more.

The history of African-American/Black History Month traces back to 1915, when the “Father of Black History Month,” Dr. Carter G. Woodson, founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, which is currently known as the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH). Through their diligence and commitment to African American citizens, Dr. Woodson and the ASALH introduced the first Negro History Week in February 1926.

In 1976, President Gerald Ford issued the first African-American History Month proclamation, calling upon the Americans to celebrate this observance each February. Since that time, U.S. presidents have issued proclamations to pay tribute to African Americans.

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Shirley A. Jones Keynote Address, 2023

The Honorable Shirley A. Jones is the National President of Blacks In Government (BIG). She is a Senior Executive Service (SES) Member at the U. S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), and the first African American female in the agency's history to be appointed to the position of Managing Associate General Counsel, within GAO's Office of General Counsel (OGC).

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Proclamation and Memorandum

2023 Presidential Proclamation on BHM

2023 Presidential Proclamation on BHM

As we celebrate National Black History Month, let us all recommit ourselves to reach for that founding promise. Let us continue to fight for the equity, opportunity, and dignity to which every Black American is due in equal measure.
Memorandum: Black History Month

Memorandum: Black History Month

The Department recognizes February 1, 2023 to February 28, 2023, as Black History Month. This year's theme, "Inspiring Change," celebrates the contributions of African Americans to overcoming racial inequities and promoting opportunities for equal advancement within the Black community.