Ah! Cruel blindness to Columbia's state!
Lament thy thirst of boundless power too late.
Proceed, great chief, with virtue on thy side,
Thy ev'ry action let the goddess guide.
“To His Excellency General Washington” Phillis Wheatley, 1775
Alan K. Campbell, director (L), and Dr. J. Rupert Picott, executive director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management Headquarters, next to an exhibition commemorating the first Black History Month in Washington, DC, in February 1976.
The first officially recognized Black History Month is celebrated.