Black History Month, also known as African-American History Month, is celebrated each February in the United States.

Because of the timing of the birthdays of two very important individuals in the fight to end slavery, Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln.  Black History Week was originally slated for the second week in February in 1926.  In 1976, it was expanded to encompass the entire month of February to recognize the significant achievements made by the African-American community in all aspects of American society.

Black History Month 2021 flyer, features prominent Black figures and the text "Honoring the past, Inspiring the future"

Download the Black History Month 2021 Zoom Background

 A guide to the faces of the past that inspire the future:

Contains a photo of Shirley Chisholm and the text "Shirley Chisholm - 1st Black woman to run for president (1972), 1st Black woman elected to US Congress (1962), Her presidential campaign slogan was "Unbought and Unbossed"


Contains a photo of Elizabeth Catlett and the text "Sculptor and graphic artist, Famous for depictions of the Black experience, First of three students to earn masters in fine arts at Uiowa (1940), Catlett Residence Hall is named after her"


Contains a photo of Lulu M. Johnson and text that reads "American historian and university administrator, 2nd Black woman to earn a PhD in history from Iowa (1941), Johnson County was recently renamed after her


Photo of Marsha P. Johnson with text that reads "Activist, drag queen, and lead figure during Stonewall Uprising, Co-founded Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (STAR), was known for her larger than life fashion style"
Contains a photo of Philip G. Hubbard and text that reads "1st Black professor at the University of Iowa, 1st Black Vice President at a Big 10 University, Hubbard park is named after him."


Contains a photo of Cicely Tyson and the text "American actress and fashion model, 3-time Emmy Award winner, 14-time nominee, began acting by joining off-Broadway productions"


Photo of James Baldwin with text that reads: "American activist, novelist, playwright, poet, and essayist, was a prominent figure during the Civil Rights Movement, Unarguably one of the greatest writers and public speakers in history"

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