Black Heritage Celebration
In 1976, February was officially designated as African American History Month (AAHM) by the federal government. This proclamation, signed by President Gerald R. Ford, came after several decades of advocacy, passion and persistence by Harvard-trained historian, Carter G. Woodson and W. E. B. Du Bois and countless civil rights activists. Nationally, AAHM encompasses the African diaspora: descendants of Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America.
The George Washington University (GW) presented its first annual Black Heritage Celebration (BHC) in 2004. Promoting the values and traditions of African-American, Caribbean, African and Afro-Latino cultures, BHC programs include student culture shows, performers, distinguished guest lectures, seminars and educational events.
The Multicultural Student Services Center (MSSC) provides logistical, content and ideological support for Black organizations to collaborate and promote cultural awareness throughout BHC. Students, faculty and staff with varying leadership experience and skill sets are encouraged to participate in BHC. All activities related to BHC are facilitated by MSSC senior staff and graduate student coordinators. The minimum requirement for involvement is to have a commitment to and passion for Black culture. For more information, call 202-994-MSSC (6772).