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We commemorate and celebrate Black History Month this February. This month celebrates the history and achievements of African-Americans. It also pays tribute to the generations of African-Americans who struggled with adversity throughout American history. African-American History Month encourages us to continue to promote the study of African-American history throughout the year. In celebration, we will raise the NAACP Long Beach Branch flag at City Hall through February 28. Learn more about our Commemorative Flag Policy here.
In 1925, Carter G. Woodson’s organization "The Association for the Study of Negro Life and History" conceived and announced Negro History Week. Over the years, Negro History Week became a central part of African American life, and across the country, more Americans came to appreciate the celebration. President Gerald R. Ford officially recognized Black History Month in 1976. Since then, every American president has designated February as African-American History Month.