African American Culture Series

Black History Month is a remembrance of important people and events in the history of the African diaspora. It is celebrated annually in the United States and Canada in the month of February. The remembrance originated in 1926 by historian Carter G. Woodson. Woodson chose the second week of February because it marked the birthdays of two Americans who greatly influenced the lives and social condition of African Americans: former President Abraham Lincoln and abolitionist and former slave Frederick Douglass.

WGBH's Forum Network celebrates the ongoing exploration of African American culture with our own collection of discussions below, and we recommend these other sites as well:


WGBH's Basic Black is Boston's longest-running weekly TV program devoted exclusively to African American themes. Basic Black captures the stories and events that illuminate the African American experience in the Boston area and beyond.

The National Black Programming Consortium develops, produces and funds media content about the Black experience for public media outlets, including television, digital radio and online.

The Black Culture Connection is a resource and guide to films, stories and voices across public television centered around Black history & culture.

The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture seeks to understand American history through the lens of the African American experience.

Black History Month is a remembrance of important people and events in the history of the African diaspora. It is celebrated annually in the United States and Canada in the month of February. The remembrance originated in 1926 by historian Carter G. Woodson. Woodson chose the second week of February because it marked the birthdays of two Americans who greatly influenced the lives and social condition of African Americans: former President Abraham Lincoln and abolitionist and former slave Frederick Douglass.

WGBH's Forum Network celebrates the ongoing exploration of African American culture with our own collection of discussions below, and we recommend these other sites as well:


WGBH's Basic Black is Boston's longest-running weekly TV program devoted exclusively to African American themes. Basic Black captures the stories and events that illuminate the African American experience in the Boston area and beyond.

The National Black Programming Consortium develops, produces and funds media content about the Black experience for public media outlets, including television, digital radio and online.

The Black Culture Connection is a resource and guide to films, stories and voices across public television centered around Black history & culture.

The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture seeks to understand American history through the lens of the African American experience.