Introduction to Black History Month
African-American history and the inception of Black History Month, there are
several important aspects on which to focus. The following is an overview of this special month, a closer look at prominent people and
organizations in relation to Black History, and a timeline
of important dates to remember.
Also included is a study links
valuable links, a suggested reading list and a quiz to test your
knowledge. Our last section is a
special edition highlighting African-Americans who are Making a
Difference in the world today.
One of the most frequently
asked questions about Black History Month is, why February? February was chosen to celebrate
African-American heritage because of the pioneers and institutions born in this
month. Eubie Blake, W.E.B. Du
Bois, Frederick Douglass, Rosa Parks, and Langston Hughes all celebrated
birthdays in February. The NAACP
and 1st Pan African Congress were started in this month as
well. You can find detailed
information on these people, organizations and more in the people and
According to Yaw Boateng,
Professor of Education at Eastern Washington University, the idea behind Black
History Month is the ‘reaffirmation of struggle and determination to
change attitudes and heighten the understanding of the African
experience.’ It is also
important, he said, to ‘examine the collective ingenuity, creativity,
cultural, and political experiences’. It’s very important that everyone become involved in reading and analyzing events
that helped to shape the history of The United States. Becoming involved with Black History
Month is one way to do this.
estimated that there were 3 million slaves in the years before the Civil War.
Between the years 1890 and
1925 it is estimated that an African American was lynched every 2 days.
If those calculations
haven’t captured your attention, you need to read on.
Source: Yaw Boateng, Professor of Education, Eastern
Washington University & Biography.com
Find words significant in the history of Blacks in America.
Can you discover the
meaning of the mixed up terms?
African American History Makers Coloring Book
Martin Luther King Jr. Commission recently released the first Arkansas
African American History Makers Coloring Book. This coloring book will help young people gain a
greater awareness of the tremendous contributions African American citizens
have made in the United States (specifically in the state of Arkansas).
Arkansas Martin Luther King Jr. Commission
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