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Black History Month is a month of humanity and celebration, which was set-up to pay tribute to America’s Black citizens and their contributions. It was started in 1926, by Dr. Carter G. Woodson.
Originally, it was identified as the Negro History Week and was recognized on every second week of the month of February. Presently, it is recognized during the month of February, all over Canada and the United States. It is also celebrated throughout the United Kingdom during the month of October.
Dr. Carter G. Woodson had studied the African American manner of life and also encouraged more citizens to take an interest in the lessons of their history. He believed it was a requirement for Black people to be informed of and grasp the contributions made by their ancestors.
Dr. Woodson devoted the foremost part of his life to writing, publishing and teaching. He was in addition a prominent political advocate, who had fought hard to make sure that the government accepted and gave African Americans equal rights.
During its start, when Black History Month was identified as “Negro History Week”, it was a week dedicated to celebrating the birthdays of two very important people in the history of the America – Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. Frederick Douglass was a former slave turned abolitionist and Abraham Lincoln was the president who ensured slave liberty.
In 1976, “Negro History Week” was renamed “Black History Month”, in celebration of the two hundredth birthday of the nation. It was also changed from a week’s celebration to a month’s celebration.
According to some people, this month of celebration is looked at as an unfair event, which celebrates the history of just one race. Some also say that celebrating African American history and African American achievements brings in a division of races. It is considered an idea that underlines the notion that African Americans are different from Americans.
However, some people also consider it to be an “awakening” and “awareness” cause, which has an important place in society. Such people believe that as long as there is a line of racial discrimination, there will always be a need for the Black History Month.
Top 10 Books For Black History Month
With Black History Month 2014 fast approaching, I thoght I’d include a list of Top 10 books for your reading pleasure. But first watch the video below. If this is not a clear reason why we must educate ourselves and our children about our rich culture and heritage, nothing is.
Reading from the Book Black People And Their Place In World History by Dr. Leroy Vaughn, MD, MBA, Historian, Honorary African Chief. Like Marcus Garvey said …
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To round off Black History Month LSi chose the top five books to highlight the fight against racial discrimination and prejudice. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee is a searing portrayal of racial prejudice and discrimination in …
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Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. and his collaborator Dr. Donald Yacovone have exciting findings for African-American history buffs in his new book and six-part PBS documentary entitled The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross. …. As much as my Spirit will not allow my person to embrace “Skip Gates” (that’s a good pun skip gates) I am told that he was here in my Natchez at the Forks of the Road enslavement markets sites and interviewed Darrell White of the American …
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At the Guardian, Kirk named his top ten books for Black History month. (Black History Month is celebrated annually in the United States and Canada in February and the United Kingdom in October.) One title on the list:.
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Researching African-American and slave ancestry can be challenging because you’re tracing not just your own family tree but also those of slave owners. … Explore Your Ancestry: Best No-Cost Sites … histories, and finding aids,” this site provides free access through most public libraries to the census, Freedman’s Bank records, the Periodical Source Index (PERSI), genealogy and local history books, Revolutionary War records and the LexisNexis U.S. Serial Set.