Site Announcements

February is Black History Month 2024

February is Black History Month 2024
Published on Wednesday, January 17, 2024, 3:17 PM by DANA DEROUCHEY

Last Updated: January 25, 2024

Black History Month

To celebrate this year’s Black History Month, Team AgLearn is providing information and resources to encourage engagement with this annual month-long commemoration.


It was Carter G. Woodson, the "father of Black history," who first set out in 1926 to designate a time to promote and educate people about Black history and culture. Woodson envisioned a weeklong celebration to encourage the coordinated teaching of Black history in public schools. He designated the second week of February as Negro History Week and galvanized fellow historians through the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, which he founded in 1915. His purpose was to focus and broaden the nation's consciousness about Black life in the United States. The idea eventually grew in acceptance, and by the late 1960s, Negro History Week had evolved into what is now known as Black History Month. Protests around racial injustice, inequality and anti-imperialism that were occurring in many parts of the U.S. in the 1960s were pivotal to the change. Fifty years after the first celebrations, President Gerald R. Ford officially recognized Black History Month during the country's 1976 bicentennial. Ford called upon Americans to "seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”

Black History Month 2024 Resources

Featured AgLearn Resources

USDA Resources

USDA Black History Month Graphics

Please feel free to download and use the following USDA Black History Month 2024 African Americans & the Arts graphics in the zip file below.

Description: A colorful art piece of artwork with African American motifs centered around the Black History Month theme of 'African Americans and the Arts'. The graphic intertwines abstract musical instruments, various art media like watercolors, and graphic designs indicative of African motifs and design. The graphic also shows abstract plant leaves and floral designs in an overall abstract setting.

USDA 2024 Black History Month - African Americans and the Arts - square
(Square Dimensions: 1024 x 1024 pixels)

USDA 2024 Black History Month - African Americans and the Arts - Zoom background - 01
(Meeting Background 01 Dimensions: 1212 x 682 pixels)

 USDA 2024 Black History Month - African Americans and the Arts - Zoom background - 02
(Meeting Background 02 Dimensions: 1212 x 682 pixels)