In 1926, Dr. Carter G. Woodson organized the first annual Negro History Week, which took place during the second week of February. The celebration coincided with the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln – two men who had greatly impacted the black population. In time, Negro History Week evolved into Black History Month, a four-week long commemoration of African American history.
Today, Black History Month pays tribute to inspirational African Americans from the past, as well as those who will continue to make history well into the future. Here at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, our annual celebration includes lectures, film screenings and other events designed to entertain and engage as well as educate. Learn more about Black History Month Events on campus.