Since 1976, every United States president has observed Black History Month each February. This time is dedicated to celebrating African American heritage and the achievements of people of African descent.
Starting as a week-long celebration in the 1920s, Negro History Week and Black History Month have inspired numerous events and communities over the last century. Today, museums, college campuses, government agencies, and nationwide communities rally together to recognize contributions that people of African descent have made throughout American and world history.
How will you celebrate Black History Month this year? If you have African ancestors, it is the perfect time to honor your ancestors and to learn more about your African and African American heritage.
Register for RootsTech Connect 2021
RootsTech Connect 2021 will be more accessible than ever for people all across the world-- and it will have a multitude of resources for those with African American heritage. Register for RootsTech Connect 2021; it's free!
10 Steps to Begin Reclaiming Your African Roots Now
The best way to get involved with this project is to begin uncovering your own family history. The desire to navigate your identity and heritage can be easily overwhelmed by an onslaught of information and resources. Tackling your family history does not have to be complicated if you follow the right steps. This handout is designed to help you follow a step-by-step process on how to get started effectively.
Search African Heritage Records
To celebrate Black History Month, FamilySearch has compiled 68 record collections specifically containing information on individuals of African descent. Try finding your ancestors within these collections using the search form below!