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Note: This guide was originally published on the Law Library's Commemorative Observances page in 2008.
Created: August 9, 2020
Last Updated: January 11, 2022
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.
For more information on Black History Month see:
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