Black Heritage Celebration

In 1915, Carter G. Woodson founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH). His research led to the publication of the "Journal of Negro History," sharing the nationwide story of Black Americans. In 1926, Woodson, known as the father of Black History Month, initiated "Negro History Week" to celebrate Black contributions. In 1970, Black educators and students at Kent State University advocated for a month-long celebration, and in 1976, February officially became African American History Month (AAHM) by President Gerald R. Ford's proclamation.

Inspired by Carter G. Woodson, GW's Black student leaders challenged the calendar limitation on celebrating Black History and Culture. In 2006, national Black History Month transformed into the Black Heritage Celebration (BHC) at GW, promoting African-American, Caribbean, African, and Afro-Latino cultures year-round. BHC features culture shows, guest lectures, seminars, and educational events.

View the 2024 BHC Events


The Multicultural Student Services Center (MSSC) provides logistical, content, marketing, planning, and ideological support for Black student organizations to collaborate and promote cultural awareness throughout the year. Students, faculty, staff, and alumni are encouraged to develop programs for BHC. 

For more information, call 202-994-MSSC (6772).