Black History is American History.

Veritext is honored to celebrate Black culture, history, achievements, experiences, joy, voices, and stories – today and every day. In an effort to build more inclusivity in our workplace and communities, we have pulled together the resources below.

  • Google Arts & Culture

    Explore the history, arts, & culture of the Black experience in the U.S. throughout time

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    Celebrating the icons, moments, & milestones from activists & educators to authors & filmmakers

  • Creators

    Celebrating U.S. Black music makers, pioneering artists, names to know & pop culture icons

  • Innovators

    Learn about pioneers & innovators throughout history, from Sojourner Truth to Jean-Michael Basquiat

How Black History Month began and how it has changed to what it is today | Just the FAQs


Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. Also known as African American History Month, the event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of Carter G. Woodson, a leading historian, and Jesse E. Moorland, a prominent minister. Together they created an organization now known as the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH). The ASALH first sponsored a national Negro History week in 1926, choosing the second week of February to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. The event inspired schools and communities nationwide to organize local celebrations, establish history clubs, and host performances and lectures.

Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating Black history.

The Black History Month 2023 theme, “Black Resistance,” explores how “African Americans have resisted historic and ongoing oppression, in all forms, especially the racial terrorism of lynching, racial pogroms, and police killings,” since the nation’s earliest days.  Source

Why February? Dr. Carter G. Woodson’s creation of “Negro History Week” | NPS