Black History Month is observed in the United States every February. Originally conceived by historian Carter G. Woodson and clergyman Jesse E. Moorland and sponsored by their organization, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), the first observance was a week-long event launched in 1926; the second week of February was chosen because it coincided with the birthdays of both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. By the 1960s, it had morphed into a month-long grassroots celebration, which was formalized in 1976 by Pres. Gerald Ford.
Of course, one month is insufficient to teach the entire pageant of black history—but it’s a good place to start! Here are some books to begin the journey: