Black History Month


Black History Month: African Americans and the Arts


Black History Month

Black History Month, also known as African American History Month, originated from the efforts of Historian Dr. Carter G. Woodson who established Negro History Week in 1926.

The goal was to promote awareness of Black history and achievements. Negro History Week expanded to a monthlong observance in 1976 when it officially became known as Black History Month.

This period serves as an opportunity to highlight the significant contributions of Black Americans throughout history. Black History Month fosters dialogue, education, cultural appreciation and plays a vital role in promoting inclusivity and raising awareness on the diverse experiences within the Black community.

During Black History Month and throughout the year, the Coast Guard celebrates the diverse voices, achievements, and contributions African Americans have made and continue to make to our Service and country.