Division of Diversity and Civil Rights
Pacific Region & Pacific Southwest Region

African American History Month

During National African American History Month, the heritage, accomplishments and extraordinary contributions of African Americans to the United States of America are recognized.

African Americans have upheld the ideals of America, defended our homeland, and enriched American culture and society. Brave leaders such as Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, Booker T. Washington, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Leon Sullivan caused America to examine its heart and to respect the dignity and equality of all people, regardless of race. Today, African Americans are leaders at the highest levels of the military, business, education, law, government, the arts, sports, and religion.

To help share the stories of the millions of African Americans who have strengthened our country, the National Museum of African American History and Culture was established as a part of the Smithsonian Institution. This museum commemorates the triumphs of African Americans - their determination in overcoming the evil of slavery and discrimination, and their many achievements and contributions to our Nation.

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Last updated: January 22, 2013

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