Know Your History!
The precursor to Black History Month was created in 1926 in the United States, when historian Carter G. Woodson founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History. Primary emphasis was placed on encouraging the coordinated teaching of the history of American blacks in the nation’s public schools.
I think that many black people don’t celebrate their heritage or history in this country enough and conform and assimilate to the euro centric standard. How many black people know what tribe they descended from? How many black people celebrate Kwanzaa? How many black people know of Huey P. Newton, Alex Haley and others? How many black people know in detail of the Trans Atlantic Slave trade? Not many and not enough.
African-American Facts for Week of: October 11th
October 11, 1887
Elevator and Safety Devices Invented
The elevator as well as safety devices for elevators where invented by Alexander Miles, Patent # 371,207.
October 11, 1939
NAACP organizes the Education Fund and Legal Defense, 1939
NAACP organizes the Education Fund and Legal Defense, 1939.
Forty-six Black and white sailors injured
Forty-six Black and white sailors injured in race riot on the aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk of North Vietnam.
October 13, 1970
Angela Davis arrested in New York City and charged
Angela Davis arrested in New York City and charged with unlawful flight to avoid persecution for her alleged role in California courthouse shoot-out. Angela Davis – African-American political activist, scholar, and author. She emerged as a prominent counterculture activist and radical in the 1960sand had close relations with the Black Panther Party through her involvement in the Civil Rights Movement.
October 14, 1958
The District of Columbia Bar Association votes to accept African Americans
The District of Columbia Bar Association votes to accept African Americans as members.
October 14, 1964
Martin Luther King Jr. Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize
Martin Luther King Jr, activist and civil rights leader, Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. He became the youngest man ever to win the Nobel Peace Prize.
October 15, 1949
William Hastie nominated for the U.S. Circuit
William Hastie nominated for the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. He was the first Black to sit on the court.
October 15, 1991
Judge Clarence Thomas is confirmed as the 106th associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court
Judge Clarence Thomas is confirmed as the 106th associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, it’s second African American. On July 1, 1991, President George H. W. Bush nominated Clarence Thomas for the Supreme Court of the United States to replace Thurgood Marshall, who had announced his retirement.
October 16, 1940
Benjamin Oliver Davis Sr.
Benjamin Oliver Davis Sr. named the first Black General in the regular Army.
October 16, 1995
The Nation of Islam organizes The Million Man March on Washington, 1995
The Nation of Islam organizes The Million Man March on Washington, 1995. Nation of Islam’s Minister Louis Farrakhan called over one million black men together in Washington DC for “A Day of Atonement and Reconciliation”. The day called for black men to take charge of their lives and communities by showing respect for themselves and devotion to their families.
October 17, 1888
First Bank For Blacks
The first bank organized for Blacks was the Capital Savings Bank of Washington D.C. Capital Savings Bank of Washington, D.C., the first Black bank, opened in Washington, D.C. The Savings Bank of the Order of True Reformers (Richmond, Va.) was chartered on March 2, 1888.
To me, the omission of any group from history teachings results in a limited understanding of history’s relationship with the present and future. Know your history.
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