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Black History Month

2022 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.

For information on diversity and inclusion, visit DoDEA's Diversity, Management, and Equal Opportunity and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Divisions, and the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute (DEOMI).

DoDEA's 75th Anniversary: A Student's Story

Treated like all of the rest

Treated like all of the rest

Mr. Gilmer was one of two African American students to attend Okinawa American Dependents School in 1949, making him one of the first African American students to attend Department of Defense schools overseas.

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DoDEA's 75th Anniversary: Mission Champions

For 75 years, the people of our organization have contributed significantly to the readiness of our military forces and improving the quality of life for military families around the globe. Learn about a few of these mission champions by downloading the posters below.