Black Hoosier History Makers

21 Feb Black Hoosier History Makers

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their roles in history. In honor of Black History Month, the library is celebrating some of Indiana’s African American history makers.

The celebration began as “Negro History Week,” which was created in 1926 by Carter G. Woodson, a writer, and historian, known as the “Father of Black History.” It became a month-long celebration in 1976, the nation’s bicentennial, under President Gerald R. Ford. He urged Americans to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.” This month was chosen to coincide with the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln.

Below are examples of Hoosiers who have broken barriers. Stop by the Main library to see the display that celebrates achievements. Those recognized in the display will continue to rotate throughout the month. This display was inspired by a slideshow in the Indy Star. Click here to view the entire slideshow.