The month of February is the annual celebration of Black History Month. This month celebrates the achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their roles in the United States’ history. 

September of 1915, Carter G. Woodson and Jesse E. Moorland founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH), an organization dedicated to researching and promoting achievements by African Americans.

The first Negro History Week took place a week in February 1926 that encompassed Abraham Lincoln’s and Frederick Douglass’s birthday. In 1976, Negro History Week was expanded to Black History Month.

Since 1976, every United States president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month.

In years to come, Black History Month has been and continues to be celebrated by schools and communities nationwide. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating Black history.

Missouri Western State University is celebrating Black History Month by putting on events and bringing the community together. 

One of the events that MWSU’s Center for Multicultural Education is hosting is the virtual diversity book club series. The book that has been chosen for this month is "Enrique’s Journey: The Story of a Boy’s Dangerous Odyssey to Reunite with His Mother" by Sonia Nazario. 

The Center for Multicultural Education is also showing Black History Month Movies this month. All Missouri Western students are able to watch the movie "Fences" and "The Great Debaters" during the month of February through On-Demand with their MWSU login.

Western Activities Council was supposed to host Mwende “FreeQuency” Katwiwa this month, but due to cancellation from the weather, she will be speaking next month. She is a Kenyan immigrant and queer woman storyteller, winning the 2018 Women of the World Poetry Slam Champion. FreeQuency is also a 2017 TEDWomen speaker and was ranked third at the 2015 Individual World Poetry Slam. Keep an eye out for this event in March.

Every week this month, MWSU’s Center for Multicultural Education posts on their Facebook page and recognizes an African American male or female for their individual achievements or roles. The Center for Multicultural Education is a great page to follow on Facebook for more information, especially about this month. 

Today, Black History Month continues the discussion of African Americans and their contributions through activities and by achievements of African Americans year-round. Missouri Western does its best to celebrate and encourages students to attend the various events around campus.

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