Black History Month 2020

The ballot is the only safety.Frederick Douglass

Each year in February we recognize, honor and celebrate the achievements of African Americans and pay tribute to the generations of African Americans who suffered, struggled and fought for the right to become citizens and to be treated humanely and fairly in the United States.

This year we pay special tribute to the 150th anniversary of the ratification of Fifteenth Amendment, which gave African American men the right to vote (1870). While the right itself has at times not been enough to truly allow African Americans their voices, the ratification is a true and profound achievement that would not have been possible without the dedication and hard work of Frederick Douglass.

Frederick Douglass

Throughout February, St. Louisans have many opportunities to honor and celebrate Frederick Douglass and many other African Americans who’ve played central roles in U.S. history with events at libraries, museums and other venues in our region. Check back here each Monday this month for a list of those events for the coming week.

Coming up this week, February 3 – 9

And finally, St. Louisans have access any time of the year to the following museums and historical places to learn more about African American History: