The Story Behind Black History Month

Milwaukee author and activist Reggie Jackson speaks at the Milwaukee Public Library

Milwaukee author and activist Reggie Jackson speaks at the Milwaukee Public Library

The exhibit, which is sponsored by the Black Student Union, Office of Inclusion: Multicultural and LGBTQIA Student Services and the Center for International Education, offers a glimpse into Flagstaff's African-American history.

All month long, Michigan City will celebrate the contribution to society African Americans have made, with different events lined up from different organizations from all across the city. Thanks to the civil rights movement, Negro History Week evolved into Black History Month on many college campuses during the 1960s. It was later renamed the Journal of African American History.

And Woodson, who was born December 19, 1875, in nearby Buckingham County, Virginia, would die in this home, in his third-floor bedroom, in 1950, having traveled many roads and multiple continents along his path to changing how the world sees and values African-American history.

Woodson is now considered the "Father of Black History" because of those efforts, as well as the lengths he went at the time to correct misrepresentations of black people to predominantly white scholars.

"P.E.I. has a rich black history", she said, adding that it's important to honour that past, as well as the present.

The second scheduled event, "Still Working on the Dream: Contextualizing Contemporary Race Relations", takes place 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6.

Google said the Doodle was designed by Virginia-based illustrator Shannon Wright and developed in collaboration with the Black Googlers Network. The month-long celebration recognizes the achievements of African Americans and their role in USA history. Woodson chose February because President Abraham Lincolns birthday is on Feb. 12 and the accepted birthday of Frederick Douglass, former slave, author, orator and abolitionist leader, is Feb. 14.

Young emphasized the importance of NC State students coming out to the events held in honor of Black History Month. When we know each other's history, when we realize that our culture - through music, art, literature, food, philosophy, politics, theology and the sciences - has always been connected, intertwined and shaped by Americans of all races, ethnicities and religions, it builds empathy and understanding.

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