Since 1976 the month of February has been designated as Black History Month (or African American History Month in the United States). The brainchild of historian Carter G. Woodson, it was originally (1926) known as Negro History Week, designated during the week in February that corresponded with the birthdays of Frederick Douglass (February 14) and Abraham Lincoln (February 12). In 1976 the identification was expanded to the entire month of February.
The Library of Congress, National Archives, National Endowment for the Humanities, and other federal cultural institutions have combined their resources in a comprehensive website supporting African American History Month.
The library has many resources for study of the African American experience; some of them are below, and more are in the Biography and history subject guide.