New Resources for African-American History Month

Carter G. Woodson, circa 1895
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In 1925, African-American historian Carter G. Woodson, trained at Harvard and considered a founder of African-American history, founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (now the Association for the Study of African American Life and History) and announced the first Negro History Week. The idea took root and by Woodson’s death in 1950, was well-established across the country. The rise of the Civil Rights Movement and of the Black Power and other African-American movements gave further grounding to the movement. In 1976, the United States’ bicentennial year, the week became a full month. Each president since 1976 has issued a proclamation African American History Month; you can read President Obama’s 2013 proclamation here. (information from Library of Congress site “African American History Month: About”).

The Georgia State University Library has many resources available on African-American history, and new resources arrive all the time. New resources in African-American history include:


cover, Barbara Ransby, Eslanda: The Large and Unconventional Life of Mrs. Paul Robeson



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