Celebrate Black History Month!

The story of Black History Month begins in 1915, half a century after the Thirteenth Amendment abolished slavery in the United States.

That September, the Harvard-trained historian Carter G. Woodson and the prominent minister Jesse E. Moorland founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH), an organization dedicated to researching and promoting achievements by Black Americans and other peoples of African descent.

The group sponsored a national Negro History week in 1926, choosing the second week of February to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. The event inspired schools and communities nationwide to organize local celebrations, establish history clubs and host performances and lectures.

President Gerald Ford officially recognized Black History Month in 1976, calling upon the public to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.” 


In 1791, the 1st Amendment to the U.S. Bill of Rights guaranteed freedom of speech. Since 2005, Free Speech Week (FSW) has taken place the third week of October annually to celebrate and raise public awareness of the importance of freedom of speech and of a free press in our democracy. Our librarian, Ms. Darrow, has created a self paced lesson for High School students featuring information about the U.S. Bill of Rights, American Library Association Bill of Rights, censorship and the freedom of speech and readingTo view and learn more please click here.