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Black History Month
Americans have recognized black history annually since 1926, first as "Negro History Week" and later as "Black History Month."
What you might not know is that black history had barely begun to be studied - or even documented - when the tradition originated.
Although blacks have been in America at least as far back as colonial times, it was not until the 20th century that they gained
a respectable presence in the history books.
We owe the celebration of Black History Month, and more importantly, the study of black history, to Dr. Carter G. Woodson.
Born to parents who were former slaves, he spent his childhood working in the Kentucky coal mines and enrolled in high school
at age twenty. He graduated within two years and later went on to earn a Ph.D. from Harvard. The scholar was disturbed to find
in his studies that history books largely ignored the black American population - and when blacks did figure into the picture,
it was generally in ways that reflected the inferior social position they were assigned at the time.
In 1926, he launched Negro History Week as an initiative to bring national attention to the contributions of black
people throughout American history. Woodson was born in 1875 and died in 1950.
Send someone you love a very special African American History Month greeting card.
For more on "Black History Month," click here.To order the following books, click on the book cover or the link.
Martin Luther King Day!
Black History Month Resource Book - Mary Ellen Snodgrass -
This book describes in some detail 333 activities for that commemoration, arranged in such subject areas as art and architecture,
cooking, genealogy, math, religion and ethics, sewing and fashion, speech and drama, and storytelling. The subject areas
for the most part, typically absent from the schools. Activities are appropriate for civic or church groups, clubs, scout
troops, book clubs, museums, festivals, or other audiences and settings. Each entry includes age or grade level or audience
from preschool to adult, a description, the procedure, a rough estimate of budget, a list of sources, and alternative
applications or activities.
From Slavery to Freedom: A History of African Americans - John Hope Franklin and Alfred A. Moss - Since its
publication in 1947, "From Slavery to Freedom" has maintained its preeminence as the most authoritative history of
African Americans. The authors detail the journey of African Americans from their origin in the civilizations of
Africa, through slavery in the Western Hemisphere, to the successful struggle for freedom in the West Indies,
Latin America, and the U.S. This edition has been revised to include expanded coverage of Africa and two four-page color inserts.
Carter G. Woodson: The Man Who Put "Black" in American History - James Haskins -
This biography highlights the obstacles and triumphs of Woodson's life, from childhood poverty to achieving a formal
education, illustrating many challenges facing blacks in the early twentieth century. The profile is well-rounded,
acknowledging both Woodson's virtues and shortcomings, and it effectively conveys his importance in encouraging black
pride and the recognition of blacks' diverse contributions to American history.
Martin Luther King, Jr. - Marshall Frady - The veteran journalist and acclaimed biographer lends a
first-hand perspective to this incisively written biography of Dr. King. This book reveals the human side of this humanitarian.