The origins and significance of Black History Month

Patricia Gloster-Coates, associate professor and chair of the

(Credit: Patricia Gloster-Coates (Pace University))

In honor of Black History Month, we spoke with Patricia Gloster-Coates, chair of the history department at Pace University, about the month's origins and its significance today.

What year did Black History Month begin?

It was officially incorporated in 1976, but it was Carter G. Woodson, a historian who started the Journal of Negro History in 1916 who, 10 years later, came up with the...

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Celebrate Black History Month in New York City

Louis Armstrong House Museum

(Credit: Louis Armstrong House Museum)

There are loads of ways to celebrate Black History Month. Here are five to get you started:

The Apollo Theater not only kicked off its 80th anniversary on Jan. 29, but the historic venue has plenty of unique events planned for this month. The festivities include a free gospel concert this Sunday at 5 p.m. featuring Apollo Legend Pastor Shirley Caesar, who first performed at the theater in...

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History and heritage: Visit the South for Black History Month

B&O Railroad

(Credit: Visit the B&O Railroad Museum to learn about the railroad’s place in history. (B&O Railroad Museum))

The contributions to American history and the rich cultural heritage of African-Americans are celebrated every year in February during Black History Month. And when it's cold in New York, a trip down south, especially one where you might learn something, can sound very enticing. These family-friendly events and historic sites are a must.

Savannah, Georgia

The theme of this year's Savannah...

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