African-American History Month

Black Heritage stamp honoring Carter G. Woodson in 1984.

The Postal Service and other organizations across the nation will celebrate African-American History Month, which begins Feb. 1.

More than 157,000 postal employees are African-American. USPS will commemorate the month through activities at its facilities, as well as through the dedication of the Dorothy Height stamp, the 40th entry in the Black Heritage series.

African-American History Month traces its roots to 1926, when historian Carter G. Woodson spearheaded a weeklong commemoration to raise awareness of African-Americans’ contributions to the nation’s history and culture.

The annual observance was expanded to a full month in 1976.

The Multicultural Resources Blue page has more information about African-American History Month.