Rock Valley College

Black History Month

RVC will commemorate Black History Month with a series of panel discussions and presentations on health and wellness along with a variety of cultural and social events. The celebration will commence on Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022, with an African Libation Ceremony at 12 p.m. in the Student Center Atrium. Please visit the college calendar for a complete listing of events

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. Also known as African American History Month, the event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Dr. Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976 when President Gerald Ford established the recognition, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. The organization known today as the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), originally chose the second week of February to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. The event inspired schools and communities nationwide to organize local celebrations, establish history clubs, and host performances and lectures. By the late 1960s, thanks in part to the civil rights movement and a growing awareness of Black identity, the celebration evolved into Black History Month on many college campuses (A&E Television Networks, LLC., 2022).   

The theme for Black History Month that ASALH selected for 2022 focuses on the importance of Black Health and Wellness. This theme acknowledges the legacy of not only Black scholars and medical practitioners in Western medicine, but also other ways of knowing (e.g., birthworkers, doulas, midwives, naturopaths, herbalists, etc.) throughout the African Diaspora. The 2022 theme considers activities, rituals, and initiatives that Black communities have done to be well (Association for the Study of African American Life and History, 2022). 

Support this month's focus on Black History by attending or participating in the events. All are welcome! 

Questions? Feel free to contact Luevinus Muhammad at (815) 921-4183.