Black History Month is celebrated each February to recognize the struggles and achievements of African Americans throughout the history of the United States of America. Black History Month originally started out as "Negro History Week," a time designated by Carter G. Woodson to bring awareness to Black peoples' role in American history. During the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s the issue of the exclusion of African Americans from history being taught in school came to the forefront and spurred the expansion of "Negro History Week" in to Black History Month. President Gerald Ford made Black History Month a national observance in 1976, and each year since universities, schools, and libraries have used February to celebrate African American history, literature, and culture and raise awareness of ongoing issues of race in the United States. Check out this LibGuide to find information on some of the best African American authors -- past and present -- and their works, as well as wonderful films, podcasts, and websites which deal with Black History and African American culture!