February is National Black (Afro-American ) History Month.  Black History Month was originally observed as “Negro History Week” starting in 1926.  In 1975,  President Gerald Ford issued the first Presidential Message observing Black History Week, calling it a time to “recognize the important contribution made to our nation’s life and culture by our black citizens.”  February was designated as “National Black History (Afro-American) Month” by a Joint Resolution of Congress on February 11, 1986, calling it an opportunity “to gain a deeper understanding and knowledge of the many contributions of Black Americans to our country and the world.”

In celebration of Black History Month, the Library of Congress Law Library has prepared an informational research guide commemorating African American History Month.  The guide includes a brief history of the origins of Black History Month, links to Legislative and Executive Branch Documents, and other Web Resources.

The National Archives, located in Washington, D.C., has a collection of online resources available for researching African American Heritage which includes links to public programs and exhibits.

From The Library at Washington and Lee School of Law: Online Resources for Researching Black History

For a history of San Diego’s Black Legal Community from the San Diego Journal of History, see “Pioneers, Warriors, Advocates: San Diego’s Black Legal Community, 1890-2013.

In honor of Black History Month, the San Diego Public Library is hosting a series of virtual events and programs recognizing and celebrating the achievements of Black Americans.