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Center for Social Change:
Black History Month

Walden University's Center for Social Change is a connective hub that promotes, facilitates, and supports collaborative alliances, action research, and projects that lead to purposeful action for sustainable positive social change.

Black History Month

Black History Month honors the contributions and sacrifices of Black Americans in the United States every February, since 1976. Carter G. Woodson, known as the “Father of Black History” was instrumental in the establishment of having this time set aside to reflect upon and recognize the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in the fabric of American History. Black History Month is a time to celebrate the rich cultural heritage and accomplishments of Black Americans. 


Throughout the month of February, take the time to watch one or more of these films related to the Black experience.  

Watch our Black History Lives Here series, a four-part series of moving conversations with Black members of the Walden community as they share their stories and discuss how we can all contribute to a better future. 


Listen to a podcast that highlights the Black experience and the history of Black people in America.  

To learn more about the personal family objects submitted to the National Museum of African American History and Culture, listen to the Historically Black podcast.  


Choose a book to expand your knowledge on the achievements of Black people in America during Black History Month, and throughout the year.  

Along with the children in your life, read a children’s book or a poem that celebrates Black History Month. 


Learn more about Carter G. Woodson, a scholar who is known as the “Father of Black History.”  

From the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, research how Black History Month was established, and learn more about this year’s them: Black Resistance.  

Learn more about how Black History Month came to be and why we celebrate every February. 


Reflect and celebrate the contributions and accomplishments of Black Americans. 

Reflect on the rich contributions that Black Americans have made to music through the Archives of African American Music and Culture.  


Attend the virtual Black History Month Festival throughout February. This year’s festival will celebrate the Black History Month 2023 theme: Black Resistance.  

Explore Black History resources through the National Archives.  

Review the digital collections of the Schomburg Center, which provides curated online materials on the global Black experience.  

Explore other ways to celebrate Black History Month throughout February.