Meant to coincide with the birthdays of abolitionist Frederick Douglass and President Abraham Lincoln, the celebration promoted the organised study of African America, which Woodson felt had been “overlooked, ignored and even suppressed by writers of history textbooks and the teachers who use them”.
If Black History Month achieves nothing more than that, it remains as useful and important as it has ever been. He received a masters degree from the University of Chicago in 1908, and a doctorate of History from Harvard in 1912.
Those are the words of Sharon Sheffield, the first African-American woman to serve as Lynn Haven Mayor. It was honored during the second week in February to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass.
The final event in the series is an evening of African and African-American folklore 7 p.m. February 19.
“A key direction from our Culture Action Plan is to support diversity activities that focus on education and heritage”, Education, Early Learning and Culture Minister Jordan Brown said in the release. Now young African Americans can review the accomplishments of other individuals that had the same “limitations” in terms of skin color, and yet still made significant contributions.
“The more we learn about each other, the more we understand each other”.
Black history does not dishonor other races’ hardships. But he didn’t lose and that takes the excuse out of our mouths. “This year we wanted to seamlessly blend together celebrations of history, local artists, authors, educators, entertainers, business owners and of course our area youth”, Snipes said.
A heightened awareness of Black History Month makes can help eliminate the ignorance of racism.
Sharia Benn, Managing Director-Sankofa African American Theatre is with us as well.
“Last year, we had great success with the 28 Days of Black History information campaign”, said Common Council President Ashanti Hamilton.
“I have people come up to me and say, “Oh, you’re from Africa” with no understanding that Africa is a continent with 54 countries and a multitude of cultures”, said Pulchérie Mboussi, the founder and program manager of the Victoria African Cultural Society.