In 1976, exactly 200 years after the founding of our nation, Black History Month was established. This month-long celebration promotes the contributions of African Americans to the United States of America. First proclaimed by President Gerald Ford, Black History Month honors the men and women who helped enrich our cultural landscape, inspire technological and entrepreneurial progress, fight for equal rights and justice, and build our republic.
We want to share some amazing resources and stories with you as we celebrate Black History Month. One of the bright spots of the ongoing pandemic has been the ability of our nation’s museums to share exhibits with everyone digitally. You can experience these exhibits right at home:
- Rosa Parks in Her Own Words (Library of Congress): Rosa Parks may be best known for her role in 1955 when she refused to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama – but that is not the full story. This exhibit documents Ms. Parks’ long history of advocacy and activism during the Civil Rights movement. It pulls together first-hand documents and materials that share her stories and her commitment to social justice.
- African American Artists (National Gallery of Art): The National Gallery of Art is one of the most extensive collections of art and sculpture in the United States. Art is a pillar of a society’s culture, and the National Gallery has put together an extensive examination of all its pieces by African American artists from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.
- African American Military Heritage (National Park Service): African Americans have a long history of military service in our nation’s history. That service has often been overlooked, but the National Park Service has prepared an extensive guide of the men and women who served the United States of America with honor and distinction.
- National Museum of African American History and Culture: The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the most comprehensive collection of documentation related to the lives, culture and history of African Americans. The museum features interactive exhibits designed to inform and educate.
At HHHunt, we believe it’s how you live that matters and we have a long history of supporting and advocating for diversity and inclusion. Recognizing who we are as a country and where we came from is essential to our future. We hope that you find these resources valuable and enjoyable.