About African-American Historical Calendar

Great traditions often start with a simple idea supported by a strong commitment. Such is the case with the African-American Historical Calendar. Now in its 38th year, the calendar began as a project of the African-American Commemorative Society, which was founded in 1968.

The goal of the Society was to promote positive images of African-Americans through its Commemorative Medals Series, and the calendar emerged in 1970 as an outgrowth of that mission. In creating the calendar, Founder and Executive Editor George Beach works with a committed team, including portraitist Calvin Massey, illustrator Robert L. Jefferson, and a group of dedicated writers and researchers.Highlighting famous and less celebrated faces in history’s parade of black heroism with engaging images and plain simple language, the calendar educates and enriches people in all walks of life. An accessible resource dedicated to honoring black history every month of the year, the African-American Historical Calendar continues to grow in popularity.

Its distinctive character continues to inform and inspire individuals of all ages, from the classroom to the boardroom. Support from local businesses along with millions of individuals have made the calendar a welcome part of many lives. With simple dignity and quiet commitment, the African-American Historical Calendar will continue to depict a proud and living heritage.


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