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 2nd
October 2, 1967
Robert H. Lawrence
Robert H. Lawrence (Named the first Black Astronaut), dies in a plane crash before his mission.
October 2, 1967
Thurgood Marshall is sworn in, and becomes the first Black Supreme Court Justice.
October 3, 1904
Mary McLeod Bethune Opens Schools
Mary McLeod Bethune opened Daytona Normal and Industrial School in Daytona Beach, Florida. In 1923 the school merged with Cookman Institute and became Bethune-Cookman College.
October 4, 1864
New Orleans Tribune, first Black daily newspaper,
New Orleans Tribune, first Black daily newspaper, founded by Dr. Louis C. Roudanez. The newspaper, published in both English and French, started as a tri-weekly but soon became an influential daily.
October 4, 1988
The Martin L. King, Jr. Federal Building is dedicated in Atlanta, Ga. It is the
The Martin L. King, Jr. Federal Building is dedicated in Atlanta, Ga. It is the first federal building in the nation to bear the name of the slain civil rights leader.
October 4, 1996
Congress passes a bill authorizing the creation of 500,000 Black Revolutionary
Congress passes a bill authorizing the creation of 500,000 Black Revolutionary War Patriots Commemorative coins.
October 5, 1867
Monroe Baker, a well-to-do Black businessman
Monroe Baker, a well-to-do Black businessman, named mayor of St. Martin, Louisiana. He was probably the first Black to serve as mayor of a town.
October 6, 1917
Activist, Fannie Lou Hamer, born, 1917
Activist, Fannie Lou Hamer, was an American voting rights activist and civil rights leader. She was instrumental in organizing Mississippi Freedom Summer for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), and later became the Vice-Chair of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, attending the 1964 Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in that capacity.
October 7, 1993
Writer, Toni Morrison
Writer, Toni Morrison, awarded the Nobel Prize in literature, 1993.
October 8, 1775
Council of general officers
Council of general officers decided to bar slaves and free Blacks from Continental Army.
October 8, 1941
Jesse Jackson was born in Greenville, SC. (minister, civil rights leader, political activist).
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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