Black History Month

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by BOCS Chair Ann Wheeler’s Office

The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH®) national Black History Month theme for 2023 is ‘Black Resistance’ and focuses on examining how African Americans have fought oppression from America’s earliest days. Throughout history, this resistance has come in many forms, culminating as a continuous movement created to obtain freedom and equality. It has been fought in the courts of public opinion, courts of law, and on the battlefield.

This year marks the 97th observance of Black History Month, which was originally founded as Negro History Week by Virginia native and historian Dr. Carter G. Woodson. You can learn more about Dr. Carter and his road to the creation of Black History Month here.





Throughout February, ASALH® is hosting a virtual festival full of a wide variety of events celebrating Black History Month. Check out the schedule and register to attend here. You can also purchase tickets through ASALH® to the Wednesday, Feb. 22, virtual Marquee Event: A Conversation with Lonnie G. Bunch and the Saturday, Feb. 25, Shirley Chisholm Play – Campaign ’72 at the THEARC Theatre in Washington, D.C.

PWC Black History Committee Event

Thursday, Feb. 16, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, the PWC Black History Committee is hosting its annual Black History Month celebration at the Dr. A.J. Ferlazzo building, 15941 Donald Curtis Drive, Woodbridge.

PWC History Trail and Map

PWC’s unique and extensive African American history is shared through many historic sites and communities. You can explore the history, arts, culture, and contributions of Black Americans along PWC’s extensive African American History Trail, as well through its African American Heritage map.



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