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Black history is American history

January 28, 2009

Black History Month activities at CSU include an opening ceremony and mayoral proclamation; notable speakers; a program called 'Race Boxes' which examines the way we tend to define each other based upon race; and the showing of acclaimed films such as 'The Great Debaters, 'Remember the Titans,' and 'Lean on Me.'

 Included in the narrative

This February during Black History Month, CSU joins the nation in embracing the story of African Americans in the American history narrative and in the ongoing narrative.  
Black History Month is also remembered in Canada and by the UK in the month of October.

Beginnings of Black History Month

In 1926 historian Carter G. Woodson originated Black History Week and chose the second week of February, the week in which Abraham Lincoln’s and Frederick Douglass’ birthdays occur.

Before Black History Month began in the U.S., many in mainstream academia had barely begun to explore black history. With very few exceptions, textbooks failed to explore the significant contributions to society made by African Americans. 

Activities inform, inspire

Activities during Black History Month at Colorado State inform, inspire, and enlighten us about the integral part Black history plays in American history. Programs also highlight the accomplishments of CSU African American students, staff, faculty, and alumni.

Tools for learning

  • The National Education Association includes a collection of Web sites that provide resources such as a Black History time line and database, information about heroes of school integration, and the accomplishments of famous African American men and women.

Events at CSU

Events at CSU begin on Tuesday, Feb. 3 at noon in the Lory Student Center Commons with an opening ceremony and mayoral proclamation.  

Contact: Marcus Elliott
Phone: (970) 491-8016