February Is Black History Month. Why It’s Still Necessary.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Some History About Black History Month

 

 

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Black History Month, also known as African-American History Month, is an annual observance in the United StatesCanada, and the United Kingdom for remembrance of important people and events in the history of the African American diaspora. This is the month that all of the hard work of the people who put in for African Americans to be free is celebrated. It is celebrated annually in the United States and Canada in February and the United Kingdom in October.

 

 

History

Black History Month had its beginnings in 1926 in the United States, when historian Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History announced the second week of February to be ”Negro History Week”. This week was chosen because it marked the birthday of both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. Woodson created the holiday with the hope that it eventually be eliminated when black history became fundamental to American history.

 

Negro History Week was met with enthusiastic response; it prompted the creation of black history clubs, an increase in interest among teachers, and interest from progressive whites. In 1976, the federal government acknowledged the expansion of Black History Week to Black History Month by the leaders of the Black United Students at Kent State University in February of 1969. The first celebration of Black History Month occurred at Kent State in February of 1970.

 

Six years later during the bicentennial, the expansion of Negro History Week to Black History Month was recognized by the U.S. government. Gerald Ford spoke in regards to this, urging Americans to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”

 

 

 

Criticism

Black History Month sparks an annual debate about the continued usefulness and fairness of a designated month dedicated to the history of one race. Many people hold concerns about black history being delegated to a single month and the “hero worship” of some of the historical figures often recognized. Morgan Freeman, a critic of Black History Month, said: “I don’t want a black history month. Black history is American history.”

 

As usual Mr. Morgan Freeman does not know his asshole from a gopher hole. Black History is most definitely NOT American History. Especially when Black History is NOT taught correctly in the American educational system. That silly opinion by Mr. Freeman makes me wonder if he knows his Black History.

 

The History of Black History

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Americans have recognized black history annually since 1926, first as “Negro History Week” and later as “Black History Month.” What you might not know is that black history had barely begun to be studied-or even documented-when the tradition originated. Although blacks have been in America at least as far back as colonial times, it was not until the 20th century that they gained a respectable presence in the history books.

 

 

Blacks Absent from History Books

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. He graduated within two years and later went on to earn a Ph.D. from Harvard. The scholar was disturbed to find in his studies that history books largely ignored the black American population-and when blacks did figure into the picture, it was generally in ways that reflected the inferior social position they were assigned at the time.

 

This is why Mr. Morgan Freeman’s statement above is garbage.

 

 

Established Journal of Negro History

Woodson, always one to act on his ambitions, decided to take on the challenge of writing black Americans into the nation’s history. He established the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (now called the Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History) in 1915, and a year later founded the widely respected Journal of Negro History. In 1926, he launched Negro History Week as an initiative to bring national attention to the contributions of black people throughout American history.

 

Woodson chose the second week of February for Negro History Week because it marks the birthdays of two men who greatly influenced the black American population, Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. However, February has much more than Douglass and Lincoln to show for its significance in black American history. For example:

 

February 23, 1868:
W. E. B. DuBois, important civil rights leader and co-founder of the NAACP, 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 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.

 

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.

 

 

February 21, 1965:
Malcolm X, the militant leader who promoted Black Nationalism, was shot to death by three Black Muslims.

 

Black History Month is observed every February in the United States. Learn about the history of Black History Month, read biographies of famous African Americans, try our quizzes and crosswords, find stats and facts about African Americans, and more.

 

History & Timelines

Learn about famous firsts by black Americans, read the history of black history, and find information about milestones in black history.

 

 

 

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Find out about recent developments in civil rights cases, milestones in affirmative action, population statistics regarding African Americans, and more.

 

 

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Brush up on the Harlem Renaissance and Negro League Baseball, read biographies of famous African Americans, such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Muhammad Ali, and more.

 

 

 

Holidays

Learn about the history, traditions, and significance of Kwanzaa, Juneteenth, and Martin Luther King Jr Day.

 

 

 

Education

Find information about the best colleges for African Americans, historically black colleges, milestones in education, and more.

 

 

 

Awards

Learn about awards exclusively for African Americans, including the NAACP Image Awards, the Spingarn Medal, and the Coretta Scott King Award, and see a full list of winners.

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WHY Black History Month IS Necessary

 

I’ll answer that much asked question: Black History Month is only necessary because racist caucasian America, which controls the state level legislatures, has deemed it necessary to erase Black contributions from the fabric of American history.

 

Some southern states have started drives to erase all mention of slavery. Other states have decided to rewrite American history books to minimize contributions made by Black Americans. America’s classroom curriculum has been designed to maximize the factual truth about our past history and replace those facts & truths with a “white” washed misinformation campaign.

 

Lastly, we have Black Americans, such as Mr. Morgan Freeman, among others, who call for a move to abolish Black History Month based on their belief that a month of Black History is unnecessary if we teach Black History EVERY month.

 

That is the problem Morgan….racist caucasians can NOT be trusted to teach factual Black History.

 

For those who say there is no Jewish Black History Month, or no Native American History Month…..Why Not?

 

Get Busy.

 

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Celebrating Black History Month is practiced daily in Black households all across this globe, not just in America.  Until there is no racist efforts to remove contributions by Black America in our American History…..this month of 28 days where Black American efforts to move America forward are highlighted…. will be necessary.

 

 

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“What are you doing for others?” #MLKDay Of Service


 

By Jueseppi B.

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President and First Lady, Vice President Biden, Cabinet Secretaries, Senior Administration Officials Honor Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

 

President Barack Obama checks in on First Lady Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia as they prepare burritos while volunteering at the DC Central Kitchen in Washington, D.C., on Martin Luther King Day, January 20, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama checks in on First Lady Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia as they prepare burritos while volunteering at the DC Central Kitchen in Washington, D.C., on Martin Luther King Day, January 20, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Obama Honors MLK Holiday, Visits Soup Kitchen

 

Published on Jan 20, 2014

President Barack Obama and his family honored Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy of service Monday by helping a soup kitchen prepare its daily meals. (Jan. 20)

 

 

WASHINGTON, DC – To honor the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service and Dr. King’s life and legacy, the President and Mrs. Obama, the Vice President, Cabinet Secretaries, and other senior administration officials participated in community service projects and events.  The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service is an opportunity for all Americans to come together to help meet the needs of their communities and make an ongoing commitment to service throughout the year.

 

The First Family participated in a service project at the DC Central Kitchen, which is also celebrating its 25th anniversary today.  They were joined by Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett. They served alongside volunteers including a number of veterans who have continued to serve in their community through programs and organizations such as DC Central Kitchen, AmeriCorps VISTA, The Mission Continues, Team RWB, Teach for America, and Team Rubicon.  The First Family and Ms. Jarrett prepared meals for distribution to shelters in the local area.

 

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Also today, the Vice President delivered remarks at the National Action Network’s Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Breakfast. The Vice President then joined members of the Catholic Volunteer Network to serve hot lunch to guests at SOME (So Others Might Eat) in Washington, DC.

 

For more on the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service, please visit the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) at www.serve.gov/mlkday.

 

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“What are you doing for others?”

 

Published on Jan 20, 2014

The First Family commemorates the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr Day of Service by helping prepare meals at D.C. Central Kitchen alongside Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service.

 

 

On January 20th, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Cabinet Members will participate in the Day of Service in the Washington, DC area.   Events include the following:

 

  • Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew will serve by sorting and packing clothing for homeless veterans at the VA Medical Center in Washington, DC with American University Students and Public Allies (an AmeriCorps program);

 

  • Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker will serve food at Food and Friends, a local organization that prepares and delivers meals and groceries to people living with HIV/AIDS, cancer, and other life-challenging illnesses in the DC metropolitan area;

 

  • Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx will speak at the National Action Network’s Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Breakfast in Washington, DC;

 

  • Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will join CityYear corps members and local volunteers at Coolidge High School;

 

  • Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki will volunteer at SOME (So Others Might Eat);

 

  • Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency Gina McCarthy will serve at the Marvin Gaye Community Greening Center;

 

  • Ambassador Michael Froman and White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough will participate in Family and Community Fun Day alongside veterans and community members at Dunbar High School;

 

  • ONDCP Director Kerlikowske will serve at Clean and Sober Streets (C&SS), a 120-bed residential community in the Federal City Shelter Complex in Washington, DC;

 

  • Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet will visit with grade school children in collaboration with Little Friends for Peace, an award-winning organization centered on peace education; and

 

  • CNCS Director Wendy Spencer will participate in various service projects throughout Washington, DC.

 

  • In addition, on January 18th, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell participated in a service project at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial.

 

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Welcome To Cafe Swag™: Whats Happening At 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue


 

By Jueseppi B.

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White House Tweets – August 20, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 2013: Photo of the Day

 

From White House Photographer Pete Souza

From White House Photographer Pete Souza

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President Barack Obama talks with former coach Don Shula prior to a ceremony honoring the 1972 Super Bowl Champion Miami Dolphins, in the Blue Room of the White House, Aug. 20, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama talks with former coach Don Shula prior to a ceremony honoring the 1972 Super Bowl Champion Miami Dolphins, in the Blue Room of the White House, Aug. 20, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

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President Obama Honors the 1973 Super Bowl Champion Miami Dolphins

August 20, 2013 | 9:00 |Public Domain

 

President Obama welcomes the 1972-1973 Miami Dolphins to the White House to honor their 1973 Super Bowl win and their undefeated season.

 

 

 

 

Press Briefing by Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest

August 20, 2013 | 49:32 |Public Domain

 

White House Press Briefings are conducted most weekdays from the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room in the West Wing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Statements and Releases August 20, 2013

 

Statement by NSC Spokesperson Caitlin Hayden on National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice’s Meeting with Indian NSA Shivshankar Menon

 

 

Statement by the President on the Presidential Elections in Mali

 

 

Remarks by the President Honoring the 1973 Super Bowl Champion Miami Dolphins

 

 

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Gene Sperling, Brandon Belford
August 20, 2013
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America has always been a nation of immigrants, and throughout the nation’s history, immigrants and visitors from around the globe have kept our workforce vibrant, our businesses on the cutting edge, and helped to build the greatest economic engine in the world. However, America’s immigration system is broken and has not kept pace with changing times. Our outdated immigration system has hindered our ability to attract legitimate international travelers and the best foreign workers. This isn’t good for the economy or the country. This is why Congress needs to pass comprehensive reform to fix our broken immigration system: doing so would go a long way to grow our economy, create jobs and improve America’s ability to compete for the best global talent.

 

Today, we are highlighting another economic benefit of commonsense immigration reform: a boost to U.S. travel and tourism.

 

Travel and tourism, which is the number one service that we export and a key source of job creation, is reliant on a modern immigration system that allows us to efficiently welcome legitimate international visitors to America.

 

In 2012, international travel and tourism resulted in $165.6 billion in exports and the entire U.S. tourism and travel industry accounted for $1.4 trillion in economic activity and supported nearly 8 million jobs. That’s a contribution to the U.S. GDP and the job force that we should make every effort to grow.

 

In fact, this momentum has continued, the leisure and hospitality sector has created more than 450,000 jobs in the past twelve months. And tourism spending continues to be a key driver of economic growth for a number of regions throughout the country.

 

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Today, President Obama sent the message below to the White House email list to explain why he’ll be on the road this week talking about his plan to make college more affordable. If you didn’t get the email, be sure to sign up.

 


 

Hello, everybody –

Michelle and I know exactly how tough it can be to pay for higher education. By the time we finished paying back the loans we took out to go to college and grad school, I was on my way to being a U.S. Senator.

 

I believe that anyone who works hard should have the same opportunities that our educations gave us. That’s why, as President, I’ve made it a personal mission to make higher education more affordable — and why I’m going to be visiting school campuses later this week.

 

Learn more about why this is the time to take action.

The facts are clear. Over the past three decades, the average tuition at a public four-year college has more than tripled. At the same time, many state governments are actually reducing their support for education, and many middle-class students are getting stuck with the tab. Today, the average student taking out loans to pay for education graduates with more than $26,000 in debt.

 

Just tinkering around the edges won’t be enough: To create a better bargain for the middle class, we have to fundamentally rethink about how higher education is paid for in this country. We’ve got to shake up the current system.

 

That’s why, starting Thursday, I will be embarking on a bus tour to offer my plan to make college more affordable, tackle rising costs, and improve value for students and their families. My plan includes real reforms that would bring lasting change. They won’t all be popular with everyone –including some who’ve made higher education their business — but it’s past time that more of our colleges work better for the students they exist to serve.

 

Over the past four and a half years, we’ve worked to put college in reach for more students and their families through tax credits, improving access to financial aid, and new options that make it easier to repay those loans.

 

But if we’re going to keep the doors of higher education open to everyone who works for it, we need to do more — much more. And that’s exactly what I’m going to be talking about this week.

 

So learn more here, then help to spread the word:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/share/college-affordability

 

Thanks,

President Barack Obama

 

 

 

Tyler Holden
August 20, 2013
05:15 PM EDT

 

President Barack Obama delivers remarks during a ceremony honoring the 1972 Super Bowl Champion Miami DolphinsPresident Barack Obama delivers remarks during a ceremony honoring the 1972 Super Bowl Champion Miami Dolphins in the East Room of the White House, Aug. 20, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

When the Miami Dolphins took to the field at the Los Angeles Coliseum on January 14, 1973, history was on the line. After winning every game so far in the season, that Super Bowl Sunday, the Dolphins swept past the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl VII with a 14-7 victory to clinch the championship. With two touchdowns and extra point conversions, the Dolphins became the first team in the NFL to have a perfect season. Now, 40 years after the Dolphins first donned their Super Bowl rings, they remain the only undefeated team in NFL history.

 

Today in the East Room, President Obama welcomed the 1973 Super Bowl Champion Miami Dolphins to the White House to celebrate their accomplishment. It did not become common practice for Super Bowl champions to visit the White House until after 1980, and President Obama was able to take advantage of past presidents’ missed opportunity.

 

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An Important Announcement:

 

A very important and vital organization is forming to defeat ALEC, a group responsible for creating the Stand Your Ground Laws in 31 United States. This new organization is in the beginning stages of getting set up and started in it’s efforts to defeat ALEC. 

 

To get involved and get included from the ground up, please visit WE Political Sigh Up Form.

 

A little background on A.L.E.C.:

A.L.E.C. …..Corporations Are Indeed People Too.

 

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Please visit the WE Political Sigh Up Form & join us as we start a war to end A.L.E.C.

 

Thank you America.

 

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First Lady Of The United States, Michelle LaVaughn Obama Takes “Lets Move” To Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day

 

 

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Meet Sunny: The Obamas’ New Puppy

 

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A Sneak Peek At The 43rd Super Bowl Commercials


By Jueseppi B.

 

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SKECHERS Relaxed Fit Super Bowl Commercial Joe Montana Ronnie Lott

 

 

 

 

 

Doritos® – Fashionista Daddy — Crash the Super Bowl 2013 Finalist

 

 

 

 

 

“Space Babies” 2014 Kia Sorento Big Game Ad

 

 

 

 

 

Kate Upton Washes the All-New Mercedes-Benz CLA in Slow Motion

 

 

 

 

 

Sunny Side: 2013 Volkswagen Super Bowl Teaser Video with Jimmy Cliff (Get Happy)

 

 

 

 

 

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2013 Gildan Teaser — “Getaway”

 

 

 

 

 

MiO Fit 2013 Big-Game Ad Teaser – ‘BLEEP’

 

 

 

 

 

Toyota Game Day Teaser “I Wish” Starring Kaley Cuoco (Official)

 

 

 

 

 

Grandpa Goes Wild – 2013 Taco Bell Game Day Commercial Teaser

 

 

 

 

 

Budweiser Black Crown – Arrival

 

 

 

 

 

Coke Chase – Who Will You Vote For?

 

 

 

 

 

Go Daddy Super Bowl 2013 Ad: Your Big Idea .co

 

 

 

 

 

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Penn State Opponent (Ohio Bobcats) Wearing Helmet Decals Honoring Child Abuse Victims


 

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Blue ribbon to go on Penn State helmets

 

The Associated Press – Thu, Aug 23, 2012

 

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Penn State football players will have a blue ribbon on the back of their helmets to show support for child abuse victims.

 

Acting athletic director Dave Joyner made the announcement on a Penn State football radio show Thursday night. The team had announced earlier this month the addition of the ribbon, but it was not clear exactly where on the uniform it would be placed.

 

Players’ names are also being added to football jerseys – what amounts to a drastic change at Penn State, where the team has long been associated with plain, blue-and-white, no-name jerseys. The generic look was associated with the buttoned-down style of the late Joe Paterno, who was fired as coach last year after retired defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky was arrested on child molestation charges.

 

 

Penn State opponent to wear helmet decals honoring victims of child abuse

 

By ERIC ADELSON

 

The Ohio football team will wear special decals on its helmets to honor victims of child abuse when it meets Penn State next Saturday in the season opener for both teams.

 

The Bobcats’ equipment staff has been working with the Penn State athletic department to design the stickers, which will mirror patches worn by the Nittany Lions throughout the season.

 

The gesture is meant “to join the Penn State team in showing support for child abuse victims,” Ohio athletic director Jim Schnaus wrote in an email to Yahoo! Sports on Saturday.

 

The game is Penn State’s first since the conviction of former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, who was found guilty in June of 45 criminal counts of sexual abuse of 10 boys. It will also be the team’s first game under new coach Bill O’Brien, who said on the first day of practice earlier this month, “We have to understand our responsibilities to children.”

 

Penn State was dealt major NCAA sanctions after the Sandusky conviction and the ensuing Freeh Commission report, which was ordered by the school itself. The sanctions included a $60 million penalty, a four-year football postseason ban and a vacating of all wins dating back to 1998.

 

Ohio’s decision to wear the decals was finalized late this week. According to the NCAA, no other teams have thus far requested permission to wear special decals in games against Penn State this season.

 

Ohio is coming off its first 10-win season since 1968 and its first bowl win, a 24-23 victory over Utah State in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.

 

 

Eric Adelson @eric_adelson

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Award-winning writer Eric Adelson is a feature writer for Yahoo! Sports. A graduate of Harvard University and Columbia University’s School of Journalism, Eric previously wrote for ESPN the Magazine and is the author of the book “The Sure Thing: The Making and Unmaking of Golf Phenom Michelle Wie.”

 

 

 

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