African American History Month


Dr. Carter G. Woodson, distinguished Black author, editor, publisher, and historian affectionately known as the “Father of Black History”, established Negro History Week in 1926 with the hopes of bringing more awareness to the contributions of African Americans. That week later expanded to African American History Month and has become a longstanding tradition in the Black community. While Woodson’s goal of recognizing African American achievement was realized in the creation of this heritage month, his ultimate dream was for our country to eventually come to a place where months such as these were no longer needed because all Americans would willingly come to recognize Black achievements as an integral part of the history and making of this country.

The African American History Month Planning Committee strives to carry out this vision at Rockland Community College through enriching and engaging programming not only throughout the month of February but throughout the year. We are pleased to highlight the following events that are being coordinated across the College in celebration of and accordance with the rich traditions of the peoples of the African diaspora. We implore you to participate in as many of these events as possible and encourage your students to attend.

Happy African American History Month!

2021 African American History Month Events

All events are free and open to the public.

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2021 African American History Month
Planning Committee

Christina Merriweather
Natalie Scott

2021 African American History Month
Planning Committee

Dr. LaToya Blount
Dr. Zenya Richardson
Ashari James
Dr. Brian Merritt
Stephanie Degraft ’20
Melissa L. Roy, JD
Fabiola Riobe

African American History Month is a time to celebrate the achievements of Black Americans and to recognize their role in the history of the United States. There are many Black American’s who have made significant contributions to Sports and Athletics. The Exercise and Human Performance department would like to recognize a few major contributors by presenting the following pamphlet highlighting some outstanding individual achievements.