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Black History Month

  • Originally published 02/20/2018

    Black History

    Historians' tweets and retweets.

  • Originally published 02/14/2018

    White House hosts Black History Month event

    Trump was joined at the event by Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson and Surgeon General Jerome Adams, the only two senior Trump administration officials who are black.

  • Originally published 02/08/2017

    Frederick Douglass, Refugee

    David Blight

    Throughout modern history, the millions forced to flee as refugees and beg for asylum have felt Douglass’s agony, and thought his thoughts.

  • Originally published 02/29/2016

    Case for reparation gains international force

    “This is not about retribution and anger, it’s about atonement; it’s about the building of bridges across lines of moral justice,” said Sir Hilary Beckles, a distinguished historian from Barbados who made the case for reparations during a talk at Harvard Law School this week.

  • Originally published 02/15/2016

    Is Black History Month still relevant?

    For some, the notion of Black History Month is a throwback to a bygone era and not consistent with the so-called post-racial era that began with President Barack Obama’s election.

  • Originally published 02/08/2016

    Black Culture and History Matter

    Kirsten Mullen

    It took 150 years after America officially abolished slavery to get a national museum on the black experience.

  • Originally published 02/01/2016

    Why we need Black History Month more than ever

    Denise Oliver Velez

    Until we have significantly abolished systemic racism in education, we will continue to need Black History Month and other months which focus on our communities of color.

  • Originally published 02/16/2015

    This Is What’s Missing from Black History Month

    Mike McQuillan

    The trivialization of black history – reducing the movement to MLK and Rosa Parks – denies young people their rightful awareness of Jim Crow racism’s systemic nature.

  • Originally published 03/05/2013

    Swastikas, slurs drawn on Black History Month posters at Oberlin

    ...In the last month, racist, anti-Semitic and antigay messages have been left around [Oberlin College], a jarring incongruity in a place with the liberal political leanings and traditions of Oberlin, a school of 2,800 students in Ohio, about 30 miles southwest of Cleveland. Guides to colleges routinely list it as among the most progressive, activist and gay-friendly schools in the country.The incidents included slurs written on Black History Month posters, drawings of swastikas and the message “Whites Only” scrawled above a water fountain. After midnight on Sunday, someone reported seeing a person dressed in a white robe and hood near the Afrikan Heritage House. Mr. Krislov and three deans announced the sighting in a community-wide e-mail early Monday morning....

  • Originally published 02/13/2013

    Why the next pope should be African

    Cardinal John Onaiyekan of Abuja, Nigeria, was asked last week at the celebration of Black History Month in Toronto if he thought that the time was ripe for an African pope. His answer attracted much cheering from the crowd of over 500 Catholics of African descent. He said: "The time for an African pope was ripe even in the time of the Apostolic Fathers in the first century of the church. "I am not saying that I wish to be considered for the papacy, but the fact that the Gospel is to be preached to all peoples, languages, and races means that the highest leadership of the church should be open to anyone from any race, language and nation. I will not be surprised to see an African pope in my lifetime."...

  • Originally published 02/07/2013

    Smithsonian museums host series of programs to mark Black History Month

    WASHINGTON — The Smithsonian is celebrating Black History Month with a series of programs in February.Throughout the month, the National Museum of American History will present performances by historical characters in “Join the Student Sit-Ins.” Visitors will meet a civil rights activist from 1960 and take part in a training session based on an actual civil rights manual to prepare for a sit-in. The performance is presented Tuesdays through Saturdays at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.On Monday, the National Museum of American History will mark the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation by hosting a webcast for high school students. Scholars will reflect on the abolition movement of the 19th century....

  • Originally published 02/10/2008

    Who Chooses the Theme for Black History Month?

    Kati Singel

    The responsibility given to the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, which is the non-profit organization that founded this tradition in 1926.