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GovState celebrates Black History Month 2024

Black History Month 2024 text graphic with Governors State University logo and yellow red and green bars

Black History Month, or National African American History Month, is an annual celebration officially designated by every U.S. president since 1976. Celebrated every February, it is a time to intentionally acknowledge the contributions of Black Americans, recognize their central role of African Americans in U.S. history and society, and celebrate their resilience in the face of discrimination. 

The story of Black History Month begins in 1915, fifty years after slavery was abolished in the U.S.  Black History Month grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are an integral part of Governors State University’s (GSU) history and mission, so celebrating Black History Month to the fullest is essential. 

“Artists are the gatekeepers of truth.  We are civilization’s radical voice.” 

                                                                                                                  Paul Roberson

The 2024 theme is “African Americans and the Arts,” spanning many impacts Black Americans have had on visual arts, music, cultural movements, and more.