Black History Month
Black History Month, or National African American History Month, is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. Each year during the month of February, events are held to remember and learn about historical black figures and events.
Read a student piece written for Black History Month in 2017.
In 2014, Montana State University held a screening of the film More Than A Month. This film is defined as being 'One Man's Quest to End Black History Month Becomes a Humorous and Provocative Look at Race in "Post-Racial" America.' African American filmmaker Shukree Hassan Tilghman embarks on a cross-country campaign to explore the question of whether Black History Month is still needed. Both amusing and thought provoking, More Than a Month examines what the treatment of history tells us about race and power in contemporary America. The film is a first-person narrative of the filmmaker's quest to understand the implications of Black History Month.
More Than a Month asks the questions: How do we justify teaching American history as somehow separate from African American history? What does it mean that we have a Black History Month? What would it mean if we didn't? The broadcast of More Than a Month is part of the Independent Lens and PBS celebration of Black History Month.