15. New voices emerged onto the literary scene.
Insight into the human journey through brilliant writers like Maya Angelou and Alex Haley, made their stories our story too.

16. Black history has become one of the most dynamic fields of U.S. history.
Led by by scholars such as John Hope Franklin who said, “One might argue the historian is the conscience of the nation, if honesty and consistency are factors that nurture the conscience.” In 1976, fifty years after the first celebration, Negro History Week became Black History month.