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Black History Month: A Commemorative Observances Legal Research Guide

This guide provides the legislative history, proclamations, and laws related to establishing and designating Black History Month (February).


National Black History Month in February celebrates the contributions that Black Americans have made to American history in their struggles for freedom and equality, and deepens our understanding of our nation's history.

The Law Library of Congress has prepared materials with commentary and recommended resources for selected national observances and commemorative months. This guide provides a brief history of the laws and presidential proclamations that established Black History Month.

Balthazar Korab Studios, Ltd., photographer. Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit, Michigan. Exterior. 2007. Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division.

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