Black History and Cultural Heritage


Black History and Cultural Heritage

Since 1976, Black History Month has been celebrated nationally and been recognized by every United States president during the month of February. Prior to that, Black History Month began as a week-long celebration in 1926 during the 2nd week of February, created by historian Carter G. Woodson and the newly-named Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH). This celebration inspired many communities to host their own celebrations, and encouraged teachers to demand for more educational materials for their students regarding Black history. (source:

Equity in Libraries, 2023 and Beyond

Past Black History Month Themes:

2019: “Black Migrations
2020: “African Americans and the Vote
2021: “The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity
2022: “Black Health and Wellness
2023: “Black Resistance

2023 Events

A Celebration of Black History Month: Equity in Libraries, 2023 and Beyond
Thursday, February 23, 2023 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Pacific Time

Elaina Norlin Dominique Dozier
Michael A. Crumpton Binnie Tate Wilkin
Kelvin Watson


In February 2022, the SJSU iSchool hosted a symposium in honor of Black History Month titled, “Shaping the Future Together: How Libraries Can Support Communities of Color.” The symposium featured two keynote speakers, 2020-2021 ALA President Julius Jefferson and CLA President Jené Brown, as well as several panelists who shared their experiences advocating for diverse information needs.

Please join us in celebrating the achievements of our Black community members in the Library and Information Science field at the February 2023 EDI Online Symposium, where we will talk about how to make a successful entry into the profession.

Library and Information Science Best Practices

Best Practices from “Shaping the Future Together: How Libraries Can Support Communities of Color”:

  • Serve as a mentor for up-and-coming librarians
  • Create more library decision-making seats at the table for BIPOC folks
  • Amplify the voices and perspectives of communities of color 
  • Seek out partnerships with organizations that are already supporting BIPOC folks

Community Profiles

Jessica Pryde

Professional Associations

Black Caucus ALA