Know Your History!
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. With such an abhorrent beginning, the freedom and other achievements eventually earned by African-Americans cannot be simply disregarded.
African-American Facts for the Week of: November 15th
November 15, 1979
Spingarn Medal: Rosa L. Parks
Spingarn Medal awarded to Rosa L. Parks, who was the Catalyst in the Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1955-56.
November 15, 1979
Nobel Prize in economics awarded to Professor Arthur Lewis of Princeton. He was the first Black cited in a category other than peace.
November 16, 2001
Representing Nigeria, Agbani Darego was crowned Miss World
Representing Nigeria, Agbani Darego was crowned Miss World on November 16, 2001. She is the first Black African to win the title.
November 17, 1972
Blacks Elected to Congress
Sixteen Blacks were elected to Congress. Andrew Young of Atlanta was the first Black elected to Congress from the Deep South since the Reconstruction era. Also elected for the first time were Barbara Jordan (Tex.) and Yvonne Brathwaite Burke (Calif.). Republican Senator Edward W. Brooke of Massachusetts was overwhelmingly endorsed for a second term.
November 17, 1911
Fraternity,Omega Psi Phi, founded
Fraternity, Omega Psi Phi, founded on the campus of Howard University, 1911. Omega Psi Phi is an international fraternity with over 700 undergraduate and graduate chapters. The fraternity was founded on November 17, 1911 by three Howard University juniors, Edgar Amos Love, Oscar James Cooper and Frank Coleman, and their faculty adviser, Dr. Ernest Everett Just. Omega Psi Phi is the first predominantly African-American fraternity to be founded at a historically black university.
November 18, 1787
Abolitionist and orator, Sojourner Truth
Abolitionist and orator, Sojourner Truth was born, 1787.
November 18, 1978
Spingarn Medal: Andrew J. Young
Spingarn Medal presented to Ambassador Andrew J. Young “in recognition of the deftness with which he has handled relations between this nation and other countries” and “for his major role in raising the consciousness of American citizens to the significance in world affairs of the massive African continent.”
November 19, 1953
Roy Campanella was named most valuable player
Roy Campanella was named most valuable player of the National Baseball League for the second time, 1953.
November 20, 1865
Howard University was founded
November 20, 1938
Morgan State College is established
Morgan State College is established in Baltimore, Md. Morgan State University (commonly referred to as MSU, Morgan State, or Morgan) is a historically black college (HBCU) in Baltimore, Maryland, United States. Morgan is Maryland’s designated public urban university and the largest HBCU in Maryland.
November 21, 1865
Shaw University was founded
Shaw University was founded, 1865. Shaw University, founded as Raleigh Institute, is a private liberal arts institution and historically black university (HBCU) in Raleigh, North Carolina, United States. Founded in 1865, it is the oldest HBCU in the Southern United States.
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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