Negro History Week in Scranton, 1954

“Negro Week Program Set” at the Progressive Center back in 1954, in cooperation with celebrations across the country.  

“‘Negro Week’ Program Set” -Scrantonian Tribune, Scranton PA, page 4, Feb. 14, 1954.

66 years ago the Progressive Center in Scranton organized educational displays focused on the contributions of African Americans.  The Scranton Public library even made a special collection of literature available dedicated to Black History. 

In February 1926, a broad collection of schools and communities in the United States celebrated Negro History Week for the first time. For the next 50 years, Negro History Week continued to grow in scope and to develop as a launching pad for other initiatives designed to popularize the study of African American history.

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