Avoice Celebrates Black History Month

February 2009 – Black History Month – The Quest for Black Citizenship in the Americas

Dr. Carter G. Woodson, founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, first proposed the idea of “Negro History Week” in February 1926. Since then the idea has evolved into Black History Month in we take the opportunity every February to honor the history of African American contributions to American life.

This year’s theme, The Quest for Black Citizenship in the Americas, provides an opportunity to explore the relationship between race and black participation in America’s self-governance through voting rights and service in elected office. Avoice is proud to offer insight into the legislative history of this relationship through its many primary sources documents, photos, video and exhibits.

To learn more about the history of black representation in Congress visit the Avoice Virtual Library today.



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