Black History Month

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. Also known as African American History Month, the event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating Black history. More information about Black History Month can be found here.

At Tufts, the Africana Center is one of eight identity-based centers within the Division of Student Diversity and Inclusion and has been at Tufts for more than 50 years. The Africana Center provides access to academic and social resources and a wide range of activities for students of African descent. At Tufts, the Africana Center celebrates black history with programming during Black Legacy Month. You can learn more about our Africana Center and our 8 identity-based centers here.

We have put together some resources for employers as you consider planning events within your organization throughout the month of February.

Black History Month

How to Honor Black History Month in the Workplace – HRCI

Black History Month: Go Beyond Ticking a Box (

Honoring Black History Starts With Knowing Black History; Here’s How To Begin (

The 7 Deadly Sins Of Corporate Black History Month Programming (

How to Celebrate Black History Month at Work | Let’s Roam (

21 Black History Month Ideas for Work (

More information about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Tufts can be found here.

By Sue Atkins
Sue Atkins Associate Director, Employer Relations