Starting in 1926, Negro History Week took place the second week of February with the purpose of educating public school students on the history and accomplishments of African-Americans. Established by Carter G. Woodson, the week was met with a less-than-enthusiastic response from some school districts. However, the creator of the event persisted and held to his mission to educate children across the country. Today the U.S., Canada and United Kingdom celebrate Black History Month with the Netherlands celebrating Black Achievement Month.
This Black History Month at VCU we celebrate the past and present while looking to the future. I encourage you to attend the Annual Black History Month lecture offered by VCU Libraries or participate in the many events scheduled throughout the month through the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs.
VCU is one of the most diverse public universities in the commonwealth and advancement of knowledge and student success is part of our mission. When we make an effort to learn from and about one another we become stronger and hopefully, we break down the barriers that divide us.