Today marks the start of Black History Month. Under the legacy of Dr. Carter G. Woodson, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) introduced this year’s theme, celebrating African Americans and the arts.
The theme spans visual/performing arts, literature, and more, highlighting the blend of African, Caribbean, and Black American experiences. From the spirituals of enslaved Africans to the global influence of hip-hop and Afrofuturism, African American arts have used their creativity for empowerment and preserving history.
This year, ASALH honors the vast contributions of Black artists, from the historic Sweetgrass Baskets to the revolutionary sounds of blues and beyond, showcasing the unbroken chains of Black artistry.
This year, they want you to explore the rich tapestry of African American influence on the global cultural landscape, a celebration of resilience and creativity.