Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by Black Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in the history of the United States. Also known as African American History Month, the event grew out of the work of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Learn more about the origins of Black History Month »
As PILI celebrates Black History Month, we want to pay tribute and highlight several “Trailblazers of Justice” in the Illinois legal community. These pioneers have changed the course of the legal landscape not just in Illinois, but in the United States by breaking barriers and working against systematic oppression and racial division. Black history is American history.
Read more about Lloyd Garrison Wheeler here »
Read more about Ida Platt here »
Read more about Judge Albert B. George here »