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Panthers on parade at Free Huey rally in Defremery Park, Oakland, July 28, 1968. image via theblackpanthers.com

The annual celebration of Black History Month is a time to recognize the achievements of African-Americans throughout the history of our country. It is also a time to remember the struggles for freedom and justice. The roots of this celebration take us back to 1915, when historian, Carter G. Woodson and minister, Jesse E. Moorland founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH), known today as the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History (ASALH). In 1926, this organization sponsored a national Negro History Week during the second week of February, to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. President Gerald R. Ford officially recognized Black History Month in 1976.


This year’s theme is “Hallowed Grounds: Sites of African-American Memories.” In keeping with this theme, here are 10 exhibits and events that will take you on a photographic tour covering fifty years, to a Black Lifes Matter Edit-a-Thon; the hallowed grounds of music, to the hallowed grounds of art to view artistic creations based on a legacy of oppression, and a future filled with hope.
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