Black History Month

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As a community dedicated to diversity, equity and inclusion, we are proud to celebrate Black History Month each year by fostering and sharing the history, achievements and contributions of African Americans in Fredericksburg and beyond.

We invite you to celebrate with us in our local Black history here in Fredericksburg. Share in our notable Black stories. Support our local Black-owned businesses. Find events and ways to get involved in celebrating online. And read about the importance of Black families and the rich resources available on the national websites also linked below.

 

About Black History Month

Black History Month, an annual month-long celebration, taking place each February is a time to recognize the central role of Blacks in U.S. history as well as achievements of African Americans and their contributions to America’s culture.  

Also known as African American History Month, the event grew out of “Negro History Week” founded by Harvard- trained African American historian Carter G. Woodson. Formally recognized as a national celebration in 1976 by President Gerald Ford, every U.S. president since has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month.  

 

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It is an integral part of our collective past and present.

Fredericksburg has an important Black history, which may be explored through our many historic sites and stories captured through tours and educational experiences provided below. For 2022, the year’s theme for Black History Month is “Black Health and Wellness.”   Presented by The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), we encourage you to learn more through provided literature, visual arts and film studies, sociology, anthropology, and social policy explored in the ASCLH’s writings. More information is provided below.


Engage and Learn

Support Black-Owned Businesses in the City 

Learn about the triumphs and struggles of African Americans in the Fredericksburg area.

Visit New Historic Wayside Panels

Learn from the Central Rappahannock Regional Library - African American History

Experience African American History in Fredericksburg 


Local Events

Local Events and Walking Tours - VisitFred.com/Black History Month 

Black History Month 2022 - James Farmer Multicultural Center

VIDEO: 2021 MLK Virtual Celebration - Fredericksburg NAACP


2022 Black History Month Theme

Netural-Poster-2022-1-600x797The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) provides a theme to focus the attention of the public. The 2022 theme is “Black Health and Wellness”  

This theme acknowledges the legacy of not only Black scholars and medical practitioners in Western medicine, but also other ways of knowing (e.g., birthworkers, doulas, midwives, naturopaths, herbalists, etc.) throughout the African Diaspora. The 2022 theme considers activities, rituals and initiatives that Black communities have done to be well. 

Click here to download the ASALH printable pdf.

 

Information and Resources for Celebrating Safely During the Pandemic:

African American 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. Online events and more are available on this website. Read More »

Virginia Black History Month Association (VaBHMA)

Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) - Black History Themes

History.com - Black History Month facts, origins, themes and more.