ASCENT: Black Women’s Expressions

Ascent Poster

This year the exhibition features "ASCENT: Black Women's Expressions, African Presence 2016."
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African Presence Celebrates a Decade of Art

African Presence Image

NSU’s annual African Presence Art Exhibition has grown from a modest showing of works by local artists to a highly anticipated event. View previous exhibitions…

About Black History Month

Celebrating Black HistoryIn 1915, Carter G. Woodson and Jesse E. Moorland co-founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH) to educate and bring attention to the contributions of Black people in American and world history.

Several years later, in 1926, Woodson urged the Black fraternity, Omega Psi Phi, Inc. to create Negro History and Literature Week.

They later changed the Name to Negro History Week, designating February as the month to celebrate Black achievement, giving homage to Abraham Lincoln (who issued the Emancipation Proclamation) and Frederick Douglass (a noted abolitionist and proponent of education as empowerment). Both men were born in February.

Years later, (in 1970) and in response to the Black Power Movement, the ASNLH changed the name from Negro History Week to Black History Week; finally extending the commemoration to the entire month of February in 1976.

By Debra Nixon, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Nova Southeastern University

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