Negro History Week: Feb. 8-15. [Palo Alto, California]: No publisher, [ca 1942]. 5.5 x 8.5 in., pamphlet, 2 p. Very good with repairs to two small tears.
A pamphlet for the festivities celebrating Negro History Week in Palo Alto, California in 1942. Events include an exhibition of “Native arts and crafts of Liberia” with items lent by Dr. John Furbay at the Junior Museum, a lecture “The Story of the Scientific and Educational Progress of Our American Negro”, a poetry reading on Lincoln’s birthday, and a lecture on African art by Nathan van Patten (1887-1956, director of libraries at Stanford University). Negro History Week, the precursor to Black History Month, was founded in 1925 by Carter G. Woodson to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. By the 1940s, Negro History Week was widely celebrated and had become a central part of African American culture. Early ephemera from these celebrations, however, remains extremely scarce. No other copies of this program are known.
Very good with repairs to two small tears.
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