February: All About America: Black History Month

Though African-Americans continue to face challenges, Black History Month is an opportunity to celebrate their achievements and contributions to U.S. society.

Each February, Black History Month honors the struggles and triumphs of millions of American citizens over the most devastating obstacles \x97 slavery, prejudice, poverty \x97 as well as their contributions to the nation\x92s cultural and political life.

This issue of eJournal USA profiles African-American women of the 20th and 21st centuries who have made significant contributions to many spheres of American life. It also offers insights into how earlier generations of African-American women serve as touchstones for the present generation.

Every time Michelle Obama appears as first lady, the combination of her professional and domestic success challenges stereotypical media images of black women in America. As the first black woman to become first lady of the United States, Michelle Obama is shattering generations-old stereotypes about black women and working mothers.

This book recounts how African-American slaves and their descendants struggled to win \x97 both in law and in practice \x97 the civil rights enjoyed by other Americans. It is a story of dignified persistence and struggle, a story that produced great heroes and heroines, and one that ultimately succeeded by forcing Americans to confront squarely the shameful gap between their universal principles of equality and justice and the inequality, injustice, and oppression faced by millions of their fellow citizens.

For nearly a decade, the nonprofit National Visionary Leadership Project (NVLP) collected the oral histories of extraordinary African-American elders who helped shape America's culture and history. This photo gallery offers a selection of clips featuring Dorothy Height, Toni Morrison, Maya Angelou, Carmen de Lavallade, Odetta and Coretta Scott King.

On October 16, a memorial to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was dedicated on the National Mall in Washington, DC. To celebrate this special event, participants joined this webchat on Monday, October 17 for a discussion on multiculturalism with Mr. Martin Luther King, III, the oldest son of Dr. MLK, Jr. and the President and CEO of the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change.

Information about the memorial to Dr. King.

The Library of Congress and other U.S. government agencies join in paying tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society.

From the U.S. Census Bureau, information from the most recent U.S. Census and historical information about the African American population.

From the Law Library of Congress, a guide to legislative and executive branch documents affecting African American life.