The very beginnings of Black History Month can be found in Chicago during the summer of 1915. Carter G. Woodson joined others of African-American descent in Chicago to celebrate the 50th anniversary of emancipation. Exhibits and displays were viewed by thousands desiring to remember and celebrate the progress made by African-Americans since the emancipation. Carter G Woodson, A. L. Jackson and three others met and formed the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH). From the work of this association grew the designation of February as Black History Month.
Black History Month sought to celebrate and publicize the contributions of African-Americans to all aspects of  American history. The contributions of African-Americans to the progress of America were not mentioned in school textbooks. An effort to reclaim and highlight these contributions is an important part of Black History Month.
In celebration, the Lamar State College-Orange Library will host an “Evening of Jazz” presented by the Lamar University Jazz Ensemble. The program consists of two bands, Jazz Band A and Jazz Band B, under the direction of Dr. Wayne Dyess. The jazz program is made up of university students of all majors. Jazz Band A has appeared at the Wichita Jazz Festival, the Texas Music Educators Association and the International Association of Jazz Educators Conference.
This free concert will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16, in the LSC-O Student Center Gym. Come and celebrate an African American art with Lamar Orange and the LU Jazz Ensemble.