Tools and Strategies

Black History Month

Fair Housing Protest in Front of Realtor Office

Courtesy of Seattle Municipal Archives Photograph Collection, Records of the Office of the Mayor, #63897

Participants of the CORE-sponsored demonstration sitting in front of realtor office of Picture Floor Plans, Inc., Seattle, WA, May 10, 1964.

February is Black History Month

Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month, which is an annual celebration of achievements by Black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of Black people in U.S. history. Black History Month grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent Black people.

    Black History Month 2023 Theme, "Black Resistance"

    The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) determines the theme each year for Black History Month. They explain, "African Americans have resisted historic and ongoing oppression, in all forms, especially the racial terrorism of lynching, racial pogroms, and police killings since our arrival upon these shores. These efforts have been to advocate for a dignified self-determined life in a just democratic society in the United States and beyond the United States political jurisdiction."

    Teaching Black History

    In schools and classrooms, Black History Month is an excellent time to explore the Black experience—including the history, culture and achievements of Black people, the injustice faced by them and how that injustice has been and continues to be confronted and overcome. As with other similarly themed months, it is important not to isolate Black history and culture into one month during the year. Black history is U.S. history and should be integrated into the curriculum throughout the school year.

    Resources on Black History

    Classroom Resources on Race and Racism

    Classroom Resources on Racial Disparities and Social Justice

    Classroom Resources on Voting Rights: Past and Present

    Resources for Parents and Families