To commemorate and celebrate the contributions to our nation made by people of African descent, Grace Bible Fellowship of Antioch Celebrates Black History.

American historian Carter G. Woodson established Black History Week. The first celebration occurred on Feb. 12, 1926. For many years, the second week of February was set aside for this celebration to coincide with the birthdays of abolitionist/editor Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. In 1976, as part of the nation's bicentennial, the week was expanded into Black History Month.

Black Gold - Esperanza Spalding
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Black History Month brings to the forefront the inspiring stories of African-American icons—many of whom overcame great odds to leave their mark on the United States. In celebration we explore our Black History collection and learn more about the black individuals who have made extraordinary achievements in their fields, including inventors such as George Washington Carver, activists like Harriet Tubman, athletes such as Joe Louis and Michael Jordan, and entertainers like Billie Holiday and Oprah Winfrey. 

We also pause to pay tribute to lesser known names like those profiled below Architect Paul Williams and William and Ellen Craft. And you will find two slide shows, one of widely known names and others not so much. There are resource links to other comprehensive websites and a series of videos available for your viewing. 

Of course no Black History celebration would be complete without the mention of Martin Luther King and our 1st Black President Barack Obama. Their names, as well as their personal histories, have become synonymous with the rich legacy that is African-American culture.