Black History Month: A Digital Library Exhibit

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Black History Month was established through the efforts of Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), marking its beginning in 1926 with a week dedicated to celebrating the significant contributions of African Americans. This celebration was strategically scheduled to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, sparking the formation of Black history clubs and advocacy for increased educational content on African American achievements. Evolving into a month-long observance in 1976, during America's bicentennial, President Gerald R. Ford urged the nation to recognize and honor the often overlooked accomplishments of Black Americans across all fields. This initiative has grown, with each subsequent U.S. president issuing annual proclamations in support of Black History Month. In this digital display, we highlight the contributions of African American pioneers in medicine and provide helpful resources to support the health of African American communities.