Black History Month 2014
To commemorate and celebrate the contributions to our nation made by people of African descent, American historian Carter G. Woodson established Black History Week. The first celebration occurred on Feb. 12, 1926. For many years, the second week of February was set aside for this celebration to coincide with the birthdays of abolitionist/editor Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. In 1976, as part of the nation's bicentennial, the week was expanded into Black History Month. Each year, U.S. presidents proclaim February as National African-American History Month.
The Malcolm X Cultural Center of the Center for Multicultural Advancement and Student Success Center (CMASS) University of Massachusetts Amherst and organizations on campus invites the campus community and general public to join us in celebrating Black History Month. This year’s events are hosted by the Malcolm X Cultural Center, with support from CMASS, the W.E.B. DuBois Department of Afro-American Studies, Students of Caribbean Ancestry, Center for Health Promotion, Stonewall Center and the W. E. B. Du Bois Library.