Celebrating Black History Month 2023

This February, the Georgia MBDA Business Center joins the nation in celebrating the culture, contributions, and history of Black Americans. Proposed by Black educators and students at Kent State University in February 1969, Black History Month was first celebrated at Kent State the following year. President Gerald Ford officially recognized Black History Month in 1976, and called upon the public to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.” Today, Black History Month is a time to educate, serve, and celebrate the contributions and achievements of Black Americans, from politics, to science, to culture, and more.

Black History Month 2023

2023 Events Highlights:

  • Black Resistance“: This small, curated display explores how African Americans have resisted historic and ongoing oppressionfrom America’s earliest days into the 21st century (Library of Congress).
  • Through the African American Lens: Afrofuturism: The Origin Story – A Smithsonian Channel Documentary“: In support of NMAAHC’s newest exhibition, Afrofuturism – A History of Black Futures, the public programs department will present the Afrofuturism: The Origin Story documentary produced by the Smithsonian Channel (National Museum of African American History and Culture)
  • African Americans in Business: Doing Historical Company Research“: Explore historical company research through the 2023 Black History Month theme of “Resistance,” featuring historic Black barbers who resisted the status quo by supporting black education and civil rights movements (Library of Congress)
  • Art AfterWords: A Book Discussion“: The National Portrait Gallery and the DC Public Library would like to invite you to a robust conversation about gender, social movements, and protest music. (National Portrait Gallery )
  • Live! At the Library: African American Folk Music with Jake Blount“: A powerfully gifted musician, Jake Blount speaks ardently about the African roots of the banjo and the subtle, yet profound ways African Americans have shaped and defined the categories of roots music and Americana.