Honoring history, celebrating achievements of Black Americans in February

February’s celebration of Black History Month, also known as African American History Month, originated in the 1920s when historian Carter G. Woodson established Negro History Week. Black History Month attained more formal recognition in the U.S. in the 70s with President Gerald R. Ford’s 1976 Bicentennial Year message about its importance. He described Black History Month as an occasion to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.” It is also an opportunity to recognize and celebrate Black Catholics in the United States and share their stories.

Celebrating Black Catholics during Black History Month (Catholic Extension, February 2019)
Viewpoint: Black History Month has a little known Catholic history as well by Shannen Dee Williams, Ph.D. (CNS via The Dialog)
Feb. 4, 2023 is the National Day of Prayer for the African American Family (annually on the first Sunday in February)

Diocese of San José Celebrates Black History Month Mass: Feb. 25, 2PM,  hosted by St. Frances Cabrini Parish.

Let us bring together the people of African descent and their friends to liturgically celebrate their African heritage.

Catholics of African descent in the Diocese of San Jose are organizing this event.

Flyer to print here.  Mass will also be Livestreamed at: facebook.com/diocesesanjose

Black History Month Resources

Read about the 2022 Theme: Black Health and Wellness (Association for the Study of African American Life and History, founders of Black History Month)

Read the Presidential Proclamation on National Black History Month 2022 (ASALH)