Every February, Americans come together to recognize and celebrate the contributions and achievements of African Americans. The first Black History Month began in 1976 when President Gerald Ford called upon the public to "seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.1" This month we honor African Americans with Randall Library's exhibit: African American History & Culture: Selected Government Resources. On display are federal and state government resources that highlight African American history and culture.
For more information about Randall Library's collection of Government Documents and our status as a U.S. Government Document Depository or North Carolina Government Document Depository, email Jaime Huaman, Government Information Specialist at huamanj [at] uncw.edu.
1. Gerald R. Ford: "Message on the Observance of Black History Month, February 1976.," February 10, 1976. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project. http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/?pid=6288.