152 Black History
Month (February) published: 050301
February is Black History Month. Our office calendars
don’t mark this, but we sometimes see articles on Black History Month in the
newspaper and web sites in February. Also, there are some events related to
Black History Month during this month.
From a Japanese: “I've a Q. Do you know that February
is Black History Month? How popular is this Black History Month? I guess it
depends upon who I ask.”
Here are two
Americans’ responses to the question on Black History Month.
Black History Month, I have heard of it. I think I first heard of it in
college, maybe in the late 1980s. I could be wrong -- maybe it started later,
but that is the impression that I have.
It is popular
now in schools, colleges, and universities I think. I believe that they focus,
in classrooms, on the contributions of blacks to this nation's development and
history. There probably are some community events this month.
person on the street may not have heard of it, especially older,
I would have
guessed that January was the month, with MLK Day in January. But I suppose that
day is a good way to kick off Black History Month.
So you can
see that I have a fuzzy idea of what Black History Month is.”
“No, I didn't
even know February was black history month. I'm sure this would be mentioned in
the news but I don't watch the news much so I didn't even hear about it. I don't
think this is very popular. I don't remember hearing anyone ever talk about it
still there? Do you wanna know what the origin of Black History Month is?
You’re curious about everything, aren’t you?
( OK, for the origin, see web sites, for
Black History Month - Black History - HISTORY.com
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>* * broken link as 02/21/2016
According to the above web site, Dr. Carter G. Woodson (Harvard Scholar)
organized the 1st Negro History Week on the 2nd week of February, 1926. The
reason why he chose the 2nd week was that this week has the birthdays of
Frederick Douglass (abolitionist) and Abraham Lincoln, both of who contributed
to banning slavery to a great extent. Woodson’s intention was to make "the
world see the Negro as a participant rather than as a lay figure* in history."
Now, Negro History Week became Black History Month.
* One more Q, Please : What is a lay figure?
A: I believe "lay figure" in this sentence means someone who is not active in
Marylander Harriet Tubman honored with Google Doodle
(Baltimore Sun, Carrie Wells, 02/01/2014)
The Underground Railroad is just part of the story: 9
facts about black history in the Tri-State (WCPO, Roxanna
Harriet Tubman Biography - Facts, Birthday, Life Story -
Harriet Tubman - Wikipedia
c. 1822 – March 10, 1913, an
humanitarian, and, during
American Civil War, a
spy. Born into
slavery, Tubman escaped
and subsequently made some thirteen missions to rescue approximately seventy
enslaved families and friends, using the network of antislavery activists and
safe houses known as the
Black History Month - Wikipedia
Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad Video -
America The Story of Us - HISTORY.com
The Underground Railroad - National Geographic Education
Underground Railroad - Wikipedia
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