February is Black History Month The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society.
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2022 Event Highlights

Online Panel Discussion

February 4

A Seat at the Table: The Triumphs and Challenges of Black Education
African Access to higher education and formal schooling were new opportunities for African Americans during the Reconstruction era. Education advocates helped foster the founding of several HBCUs, which educated generations of educators, lawyers, medical professionals, and some of the greatest minds of the 20th century.

(Smithsonian Institution)

Photo Research—Online Orientation

February 8

Finding Pictures: African Americans in the Military
This orientation session will include a brief introduction to images in the collections that relate to the history of African American participation in the U.S. military from the Civil War through the Vietnam War, with a focus on photography. Instruction will cover library search tools, online resources, and how to prepare for a future visit to the reading room. Registration required

(Library of Congress)

Online Event

February 9

Repatriates, Recaptives and African Abolitionists: The Untold Story of Liberia's Founding in 1822
C. Patrick Burrowes, Ph. D. was born in Liberia and he is called “the people's professor” because of his willingness to share his deep knowledge of Liberian history freely with others. Before returning to Liberia in 2017, he was a tenured professor of communications and humanities at Penn State University. Recently, in August 2021, he uncovered a handwritten document missing since 1835, that sheds light on the 1821 purchase of land that became Monrovia, the capital city for the only United States colony in Africa. Dr. Burrowes says that this is the most significant discovery of his career.

(Library of Congress)

Online Book Talk

February 23

A House Built by Slaves: African American Visitors to the Lincoln White House
Jonathan W. White presents the story of how President Abraham Lincoln welcomed African Americans to his White House and why that transformed the trajectory of race relations in the United States.

(National Archives)

Online Panel Discussion

February 23

The Maritime Underground Railroad
A panel discussing how enslaved people achieved their freedom and what the journey by sea looked like for many African Americans. Featuring Timothy D. Walker, Cheryl Janifer LaRoche, and Cassandra Newby-Alexander, and moderated by Kluge Center Director John Haskell.

(Library of Congress)

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