Black History Month Timeline and Facts & Figures

DiversityInc provides a downloadable list of the important dates and relevant data surrounding Black History Month.

Black History Month is a time to commemorate achievement. DiversityInc provides a list of the important dates and relevant demographics you need to know.

“Negro History Week” was established in 1926 by Carter G. Woodson, an NAACP leader, educator and historian, to recognize the central role Blacks played in the development of the United States. The second week of February was chosen to coincide with the birthdays of abolitionist Frederick Douglass and President Abraham Lincoln. In 1976, the federal government expanded the celebration to Black History Month.

Download the Black History Month Timeline, which illustrates significant dates in U.S. Black history and major historic figures, and Black History Month Facts & Figures, which provides available data as well as information on areas where Blacks are making significant progress in the United States and where major opportunities remain, by clicking the images below.


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  • We as a people can do better. How? We need to”counsel and teach our young people” to become the Cop, not the thug, to become the prison warden, not the prisoner, to become the banker, not the debt slave, to become the leader of the class, not the distraction, etc. We need to give more support to our local churches, businesses, and virtual community.

  • Thank you so much or the links.

    It’s sad, but when I read the subject line I looked at the links and the first thing that I thought to myself was
    “ I wouldn’t call any of this progress” there is still just as much racism, sexual harassment and stereotyping as there was 20 years ago.
    We can just freely talk, tweet, and FB about it now.

    Thanks again for all you do

  • It is a strange paradox to me that a people legally enslaved for three hundred years and taught to hate themselves and anyone who looks like them, would after another one hundred years of “peonage”; wonder why their descendants know nothing of their ancestors when they relegate the emphasis on that history to one month out of the year.

    • Luke Visconti

      And why our nation takes great effort to remain ignorant, and thereby condemn itself to strangle its future with the two hands of an aging workforce and youth that is not prepared properly for the work that has not yet been exported. Luke Visconti, CEO, DiversityInc

  • Thank you for sharing. However, I suggest you present the history like a book. You must start at the beginning to really appreciate the whole story. If you begin with slavery, then you miss out on the fact that people of African descent gave birth to all the world. Therefore, we were the originators of civilization. Once you start at the beginning, then you can add the other “races” in as the timeline progresses. That is the “Real Story” and not “His-Story!!”

  • Black History started a long time before 1619. To encourage the respect for diversity, it helps to encourage the respect for the true history of Blacks. It would help to connect Black History to the creation of civilization and then maybe we can have a more honest discussion regarding respect and appreciation for diversity.

  • Why did you post an incorrect representation of Black History in 2016? To update this info, just add another page that pre-dates 1619. Add the birth of man in Africa, migration of people from Africa, the various African Dynasties, African explorations prior to the period of enslavement, and then explain how Africans who had well defined societies and cultures ended up bringing that talent to the US through forced labor.

  • Allison Sears

    We can’t ever forget the past and celebrate the heroes who went up against injustice and lifted lives. We must keep what they did in our hearts and our minds because they teach us our humanity depends on going against the odds. It’s the good and right thing to do. Please not think of this: Scientists started in 2006 and are still working on collecting DNA samples from people from all around the world. What did they find? That all people in the world have the very same genes. 3-6% and even 6-9% of the same Mitochondria genes. It’s all in the blood and bones. It’s so amazing and true. We are all part of the same Family of Man. What does thing mean? The future is the time to stop all fighting , harm, bigotry, prejudice. Please see the study: the FIRST PEOPLES. Scientists: the Max Planck Institute Belgium and Leipzig Germany. and so many more. Thank you Praise you for your caring.
    Please see this we can stop the fear, stop the harm, stop the Injustice.

  • Donald Cleveland

    Thanks for sharing information on the history of people of African decent. However, I feel you should share information on our whole story including being the birthplace of all human beings and the creators of civilization!!

  • Eva J Johnson

    Please send me your e-mail address. I have written two outstanding published articles in celebration of African American History Month for the local media and community and would like to share them. Thank you

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