Black History Month: Read, learn and share

Published on January 29, 2022

2022 Black History Month

Each February, Black History Month presents an opportunity for all Americans to reflect on the African-American experience throughout our nation’s history. The City of Lakewood joins the federal government, state government and hundreds of public and private organizations in paying tribute to this important commemoration.

A key element of Lakewood's Community Dialogue on Race, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion is celebrating the diversity of cultures in our community.

On behalf of the Lakewood City Council, Mayor Jeff Wood has issued a proclamation in recognition of Black History Month, available on this page.

Origins of Black History Month

Black History Month grew out of the work of Harvard-trained historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African-Americans in the 1910s. Their organization, known today as the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History (or ASALH), is dedicated to researching and promoting achievements by Black Americans and other peoples of African descent.

The commemorative week that they initially created inspired schools and communities nationwide to organize local festivities, establish history clubs and host performances and lectures that has since morphed into a month-long celebration.

Resources to learn more

Los Angeles County Library suggested booklist

While many in-person events in celebration of Black History Month are on hold due to the pandemic, the Los Angeles County Library has created a booklist sharing a range of voices that continue to tell the stories of African American struggle, history, art and love. From selected essays, speeches and meditations from Nobel Prize winner Toni Morrison; to the story behind Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s most famous speech; to an exploration of Black feminism and many more worthy reads, take a moment to reflect and be inspired by this diverse collection of authors and thought leaders.

Free national program about oral storytelling, genealogy and familial archiving

Another fascinating resource worth checking out is a free national program from the ASALH in collaboration with Archival Alchemy®, The Black Family: United by History, Restored by Storytelling.

Centered on the legacy of Black family reunions while encouraging families of all backgrounds to build and renew their own traditions and stories, this free self-guided certificate program includes pre-recorded workshops and resources that aim to demonstrate how oral storytelling, genealogy, and familial archiving can serve as a return and a way forward. Visit https://asalh.org/family-history/ to learn more.

 

 

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