COMHAR Celebrates Black History Month

AFRICAN AMERICANS AND THE ARTS—Art as a Platform for Social Justice is the theme for Black History Month 2024.  Carter G. Woodson, a historian, founded Black History month in 1926 to promote the history, culture and achievements of African Americans and other people of color. “Those who have no record of what their forebearers have accomplished lose the inspiration from the teaching of biography and history”, said Mr. Woodson.

According to the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, African American art is infused with African, Caribbean, and the Black American lived experiences. In the fields of visual and performing arts, literature, fashion, folklore, language, film, music, architecture, culinary and other forms of cultural expression, the African American influence has been paramount. African American artists have used art to preserve history and community memory as well as for empowerment. Artistic and cultural movements such as the New Negro, Black Arts, Black Renaissance, hip-hop, and Afrofuturism, have been led by people of African descent and set the standard for popular trends around the world. In 2024, we examine the varied history and life of African American arts and artisans.

Please join us in recognizing the people of color in the COMHAR Family and the Community for the contributions they make every day.