Black History Month


n 1976 as part of the United States Bicentennial, the informal expansion of Negro History Week to Black History Month was officially recognized by the U.S. government. No guest speakers, lectures, talks, or events were held for the holiday which has not been celebrated on Missouri Southern’s campus this month. The Joplin area was home to many great African-Americans including poet and social activist Langston Hughes and scientist George Washington Carver.