• February 12, 1909:
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was founded by a group of concerned black and white citizens in New York City.
In the Atlanta, GA metropolitan area
– in Henry County , The Henry County Branch
of the NAACP is having a Black History Program.
The program will be held @ Shiloh Baptist Church
262 Macon Street,Mc Donough, GA 30253 on:
Friday, February 28, 2014 beginning at 7:00 p.m.
The theme for the evening is
“Courage Under Fire; The Unknown Brave”.
The NAACP meets from 7pm – 8pm
on the 2nd Tuesday of each month
at the Fairview Recreation Center
located at 35 Austin Road, Stockbridge, GA 30281
The website is http://www.hc-naacp.org.
February 1 marks the beginning of Black History Month. Some may ask if this month is necessary. And if so, why? This is addressed profoundly in a speech by Lonnie Bunch entitled “Knowing The Past Opens The Door To The Future”. http://go.si.edu/site/PageServer?pagename=oas_black_history_month
The title alone says it all. In the article Bunch talks about the following: The Challenge of Forgetting, The Challenge of Confrontation and Perseverance, The Challenge of Preserving a People’s Culture, The Challenge of Maintaining a Community, The Power of Inspiration: One thing has not changed. That is the need to draw inspiration and guidance from the past. And through that inspiration, people will find tools and paths that will help them live their lives.
Black History Month
We owe the celebration of Black History Month, and more importantly, the study of black history, to Dr. Carter G. Woodson. Born to parents who were former slaves, he spent his childhood working in the Kentucky coal mines and enrolled in high school at age twenty.
Fast forward to:
• February 1, 1960:
In what would become a civil-rights movement milestone, a group of black Greensboro, N.C., college students began a sit-in at a segregated Woolworth’s lunch counter.
And looking back:
Slaves at Cumberland Landing, Va.
President Lincoln issues the Emancipation Proclamation, declaring “that all persons held as slaves” within the Confederate states “are, and henceforward shall be free.”
Photograph of newspaper advertisement from the 1780s
• February 23, 1868:
W. E. B. DuBois, important civil rights leader and co-founder of the NAACP, was born.
• February 23, 1968:
K. R. Roach, Computer Analyst, was born.
• February 3, 1870:
The 15th Amendment was passed, granting blacks the right to vote.
• February 25, 1870:
The first black U.S. senator, Hiram R. Revels (1822-1901), took his oath of office.
• February 21, 1965:
Malcolm X, the militant leader who promoted Black Nationalism, was shot to death by three Black Muslims.
Periodically this month, I will post reminders of this very important month in American History. Our story must always…be remembered.