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Black History Month

In Focus

After receiving his Ph.D. from Harvard in 1912, Carter Woodson became known as the “father of Black history,” launching Negro History Week, which later expanded into Black History Month.

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Black Women Oral History Project

The project recorded a cross section of women who had made significant contributions to American society during the first half of the 20th century.

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HBS's Cold Call Podcast: Black Business Leaders Series 2022

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“All That She Carried: The Journey of Ashley’s Sack, a Black Family Keepsake"

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The poem “The Story of Venus” looks at the life of an enslaved woman at Harvard

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The essay collection "The Black Agenda" highlights the voices of Black experts

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Houghton Library's digital collection of Black history and culture

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History still impacts today

What is Critical Race Theory (CRT)?

Derrick Albert Bell Jr., Harvard Law School’s first tenured African American professor of law, is often credited as one of the originators of CRT, a theory that examines why racial inequalities persist even after civil rights legislation is enacted. Graduate School of Education alum Tauheedah Baker-Jones says efforts to ban CRT from the K-12 curriculum demonstrate a misunderstanding of what CRT is and why honest, brave, and respectful discussions about race and racism are important.

Read Tauheedah Baker-Jones’ thoughts on the value—and misconceptions—of CRT

Makers and moments of change