Black History Month is an annual celebration where we honor and recognize the contributions that African Americans have made to history that have been celebrated in the United States in February since 1976. It is most of all a time of reflection and learning.

The remembrance has its roots in 1926 by United States historian Carter G. Woodson. Woodson chose the second week of February because it marked the birthdays of two Americans who greatly influenced the lives and social condition of African Americans: President Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, an abolitionist and former slave.

Amtrak and the Washington Wizards are proud to recognize and remember the countless efforts and contributions of African Americans through a month long spotlight of video vignettes reflecting on key moments in our history.

Join MSE as we reflect on some of the great monumental moments in Black History.



Ted Leonsis - March on Washington

Martell Webster - Joseph Lowery

Mike Thibault - Nelson Mandela

Casey Phillips - Sheryl Swoopes

Kevin Grevey - Loyola University

Olie Kolzig - Willie O'Ree

Bradley Beal - Douglas Wilder

Wizard Girl Brittney - Violet Palmer

Ryan Saunders - Kenneth Hudson

Jerry Sachs - Wiley Branton Sr.

Joel Ward - Jackie Robinson

Garrett Temple - Collis Temple

Christy Winters Scott - Maya Angelou

Jumoke Davis - Harlem Renaissance

Red Rocker Lacey - Dorothy Dandridge

Eric Thibault - Florence Joyner

Otto Porter - John Thompson Jr.

John Walton - Walter Washington

Joe Dupriest - Septima Poinsette Clark

Awvee Storey - 1968 Olympics

Wizard Girl Julia - Judith Jameson

Jerry Walter - Vernice Armour

Red Rocker Yasmeen - Vanessa Williams

Bob Dandridge - Arthur Ashe

Rodney Rikai - Lynette Woodard

Mike Hutchinson - Ora Washington

Jacob Raim - Ellsworth J. Davis

Barack Obama