African American History

African American History Month is celebrated every February to honor the achievements of African Americans who have shaped American history.

African American History Month (or Black History Month) is celebrated every February to honor the achievements of African Americans who have shaped American history. Historian Carter G. Woodson hoped to raise awareness of African American's contributions to civilization by establishing Negro History Week. The event was first celebrated during a week in February 1926 that included both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass' birthdays. The week was later expanded to a month in 1976 during the United States bicentennial.

PHOTO: On March 20, 1969, Black hospital workers at the Medical College of South Carolina in Charleston went on strike to protest the firing of twelve employees and to call for higher wages and union recognition.

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Penn Center: A Legacy of Change Learning Activity
Penn Center: A Legacy of Change Learning Activity

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This program tells the story of the Penn Center’s inception in 1862 as a school for freed slaves to its involvement in the Gullah community today. Today the center collects, documents, preserves, and...
3D VR - Lamar High School Gymnasium | Let's Go!
3D VR - Lamar High School Gymnasium | Let's Go!

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Lamar High School in Darlington County, South Carolina, was the site of an attack on school buses carrying African American students to the campus on March 3, 1970. In January 1970, the 4th Circuit...
3D VR - Lamar High School | Let's Go!
3D VR - Lamar High School | Let's Go!

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Lamar High School in Darlington County, South Carolina, was the site of an attack on school buses carrying African American students to the campus on March 3, 1970. In January 1970, the 4th Circuit...
The Education of Harvey Gantt Learning Activity
The Education of Harvey Gantt Learning Activity

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In 1960, a talented African-American student from Charleston, Harvey Gantt, graduated from high school and decided to become an architect. Clemson College was the only school in South Carolina that...
Charlie's Place Learning Activity
Charlie's Place Learning Activity

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In the African American Carver Street neighborhood of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, music at Charlie’s Place brought people together during Segregation. The owner, Charlie Fitzgerald, welcomed White...