Friday, February 17, 2006

Observing Black History Month

Resources for educators and families

In 1915, historian Carter G. Woodson proposed a "Negro History Week" to honor the history and contributions of African Americans. Nine years later, his dream became reality. Woodson chose the second week of February to pay tribute to the birthdays of two Americans that dramatically affected the lives of Blacks: Abraham Lincoln (February 12) and Frederick Douglass (February 14).

The weeklong observance officially became Black History Month in 1976. In her weekly column, Barbara J. Feldman offers a selection of Black History Month resources. (Via Public Education Network) is also observing Black History Month. Visit this site for biographies of African-American groundbreakers, milestones in black history and a photo gallery. And check out black history programming scheduled this month by Biography on A&E.

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Emmanuel said...

Have you seen the latest movie by Lars Von Trier? The movie is called Mandelay and it is a follow-up on another movie, called Dogville. Mandelay and Dogville are in fact special theatre plays adapted for the motion picture. Great! Mandelay plays on a farm somewhere in the South, where former slaves have to adapt to their newfound freedom.

DCS said...

Emmanuel: No, I have not seen the Lars Von Trier movie. I'm going to look into this. Thanks for the information.