Honoring Black Heritage During Black History Month

The origin of Black History Month began in 1915, half a century after the Thirteenth Amendment abolished slavery in the United States, and grew out of “Negro History Week,” the creation of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African American; and whereas with the Civil Rights Movement and a growing awareness of black identity, Black History Month or National African American History Month evolved to an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history.

Yuba College Honors and Recognizes the contributions and achievements African Americans have made in the United States. Every year the Association for the study of African American Life and History selects a theme for Black History month. The 2024 theme for Black History month, is African Americans and the Arts. African Americans have made superior contributions to music, cinema, paintings, theater, fashion, literature, language, culinary, and architecture. African American artists have used art to preserve history, to express struggle, hope, love, joy and for solidarity in the face of racial oppression. Black History month encourages educators, students, and families to learn about the heritage and achievements of African Americans through appropriate programs and activities that reflect the theme for 2024.

Extend your knowledge of the contributions of our African American colleagues through resources like this:

Yuba Community College District Resolution Honoring Black History Month-COMING SOON!

Celebrate with us by adding our Zoom background during your meetings between February 1 through February 29

Zoom Background

Recommended Films/Documentaries by Yuba College (available now on YC Kanopy)

· American Trial: The Eric Garner Story

· King in the Wilderness: The Final Years of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

· Black Art: In the Absence of Light

Recommended Books by Yuba College (available for check-out at YC Marysville Library)

· Beloved by Toni Morrison 

· The life of Langston Hughes 

· Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi 

· The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett 

· The autobiography of Malcom X by Alex Haley 

Resources local and national:

Basic Needs Center

Basic Needs will be providing ingredients, spices, and recipes for Jambalaya and Gumbo.  More information coming soon!

Printable February Activities

Activities coordinated through the Identity and Engagement Center planned with Ruth Catalan, Dr. Alan Dixon, Crystal Garcia, Chrystal Gillming, Dr. Tara Harlan-Fontanoza, Valerie Harris, Tony McDaniel, and Anabel Toche