National African American History Month

This year, African American History Month calls upon us to reflect on the crucial role of education in the history of African Americans.

In February, we commemorate National African American History Month throughout the month. This is a time when we celebrate the achievements of African Americans and recognize their central role in our nation’s history.

This year, African American History Month calls upon us to reflect on the crucial role of education in the history of African Americans. It reminds us of the importance of teaching and reflecting upon the many roles African Americans have played in building the nation and driving it forward. Throughout our nation's history, the contributions of African Americans have stirred our nation's conscience and helped shape our character. We honor the determination and commitment of generations of African Americans in pursuing the promises of America.

NOAA’s 2017 National African American History Month Observance will be held in the NOAA Auditorium in Silver Spring on Wednesday, February 22, at 10 a.m. Dr. Kelton Clark, director of the Patuxent Environmental & Aquatic Research Laboratory at Morgan State University, will be the keynote speaker.

In addition to the program in Silver Spring, there is a year-round resource for those living in the Washington, DC, area. I look forward to visiting the National Museum of African American History and Culture. The newly opened museum contains fantastic displays, programs, and resources about African American life, history, and culture. The museum’s website is also highly informative on a wide range of subjects.


W. Russell Callender, Ph.D. 
Assistant Administrator for Ocean Services and Coastal
Zone Management, National Ocean Service