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Black History Month

Updated Winter 2024


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ASALH 2024 BHM Schedule of Events

Join the ASALH in celebrating Black History Month by attending one of their virtual events! Via Zoom, you can join book discussions and attend seminars about topics you may never have thought about before. Peruse the offerings on the website linked above, and be sure to let a librarian know if you attended any of the events!

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Black History Month 2024: African Americans and the Arts

Since its beginnings in 1926, Black History Month has been celebrated through the lens of a central theme each year, chosen by the ASALH. The theme allows educators and celebrants to focus in on certain aspects of Black History as well as the current Black experience in the United States. This year's theme is "African Americans and the Arts" which celebrates both the variety and impact of visual, literary, musical, and performing arts of people of African descent. 

The ASALH introduces the theme succinctly, stating:

"African American art is infused with African, Caribbean, and the Black American lived experiences. In the fields of visual and performing arts, literature, fashion, folklore, language, film, music, architecture, culinary and other forms of cultural expression, the African American influence has been paramount. African American artists have used art to preserve history and community memory as well as for empowerment. Artistic and cultural movements such as the New Negro, Black Arts, Black Renaissance, hip-hop, and Afrofuturism, have been led by people of African descent and set the standard for popular trends around the world. In 2024, we examine the varied history and life of African American arts and artisans."

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