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

by Elissa Haney

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.

 

 

 

Contemporary Issues & Facts

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

 

 

Biographies & Special Features

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.

Thank you Info Please for this vitally important information.

 

 

500 Notable African American Biographies

 

Entertainers

 

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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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At The Movies With TheObamaCrat™: “Las Vegas”


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Last Vegas is an upcoming comedy film directed by Jon Turteltaub, starring Michael Douglas,Robert De NiroMorgan Freeman and Kevin Kline. The film is set to be released on November 1, 2013.

 

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Directed by Jon Turteltaub
Produced by Laurence Mark
Nathan Kahane
Amy Baer
Matt Leonetti
Written by Dan Fogelman
Starring Michael Douglas
Robert De Niro
Kevin Kline
Morgan Freeman
Mary Steenburgen
Music by Mark Mothersbaugh
Cinematography David Hennings
Editing by David Rennie
Studio Good Universe
Distributed by CBS Films
Release date(s)
  • November 1, 2013
Country United States
Language English
Budget $45 Million

 

Plot

Four best friends Billy (Michael Douglas), Paddy (Robert De Niro), Sam (Kevin Kline) and Archie (Morgan Freeman) in their late sixties decide to have a bachelor party in Las VegasNevada for Billy the last of them to be getting married.

 

Cast

 

Production

Filming

Filming started in November 2012 in Las Vegas. At the end of November, filming then moved to the Atlanta, Georgia area.

 

Rating

Last Vegas was given an MPAA rating of R for a mild nude sequence. The film has been re-submitted for a PG-13 rating. The appeal was successful and the film received a PG-13 rating for sexual content and some language.

 

Last Vegas TEASER TRAILER (2013) – Morgan Freeman, Michael Douglas Movie HD

 

Billy (Academy Award®-winner Michael Douglas), Paddy (Academy Award®-winner Robert De Niro), Archie (Academy Award®-winner Morgan Freeman) and Sam (Academy Award®-winner Kevin Kline) have been best friends since childhood. So when Billy, the group’s sworn bachelor, finally proposes to his thirty-something (of course) girlfriend, the four head to Las Vegas with a plan to stop acting their age and relive their glory days. However, upon arriving, the four quickly realize that the decades have transformed Sin City and tested their friendship in ways they never imagined. The Rat Pack may have once played the Sands and Cirque du Soleil may now rule the Strip, but it’s these four who are taking over Vegas.

 

 

 

Well they may not like being compared to THE HANGOVER, but I don’t think that’s such a terrible thing for LAST VEGAS, which features old-school stars Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Kevin Kline, and Morgan Freeman as four best friends who head to Sin City for a bachelor party that brings out more than they bargained for. In fact, it may work in their favor as the high concept geriatric version of the popular franchise, so why not? With that, we have a new trailer to share, which shows the foursome taking on Vegas with all their old man idiosyncrasies.

 

 

 

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Nelson Mandela Day


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Mandela Day 2013 supported by Morgan Freeman, Int Space Station, Branson, Clinton

 

Published on Jul 17, 2013

http://www.pledge4mandeladay.org to pledge your support for Mandela Day

Please join us in helping to perpetuate Nelson Mandela’s legacy by giving 67 minutes or more of your time in service to humanity.

 

 

 

Nelson Mandela’s Life Story

 

Uploaded on Jul 13, 2011

The 13-minute video documentary of Mandela’s life has been provided by the Nelson Mandela Foundation, which has given the UN permission to use it.

 

 

 

 

Morgan Freeman Hails Inspiratonal Mandela

 

Published on Jul 18, 2013

James O’Brien spoke to film star Morgan Freeman as the actor celebrated Nelson Mandela Day.

They discussed the South African president‘s wishes, the new Batman film The Dark Knight Rises and the upcoming American election.

 

 

 

 

 

Nelson Mandela Tribute 2013.

 

Uploaded on Jul 14, 2013

Pieter Koen and Friends sings for Madiba. “Legendary” was created by Juanita v d Walt and Ruanne Ruthvin.Friends: Esperance and Connie Janse van Rensburg. Thank you to the photographers that shared their photos with us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHAT CAN I DO ON
MANDELA DAY?

 

The overarching objective of Mandela Day is to inspire individuals to take action to help change the world for the better, and in doing so build a global movement for good. Ultimately it seeks to empower communities everywhere. “Take Action; Inspire Change; Make Every Day a Mandela Day.”

 

Individuals and organisations are free to participate inMandela Day as they wish. We do however urge everyone to adhere to the ethical framework of “service to one’s fellow human”

 

 

Join the online Mandela Day community and share your Mandela Day 2013 events!

 

Please click on the Link below to register.

 

Here’s what we’d like you to do to register your Mandela Day activity:

 

Register An Activity

 

Once you have registered please use the online form to submit your Mandela Day activity to the online calendar.

 

For individuals who are eager to network with others who are participating in Mandela Day activities, you are also welcome to register on For Good.

 

From TheObamaCrat™ Black History Month Series:

“One A Day” Black History Month Series ~ Mr. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela

 

 

 

Related Articles From USATODAY.com

 

Nelson Mandela’s health dramatically improved, daughter says

 

 

Nelson Mandela ’doing much better’ on eve of 95th birthday

 

 

Nelson Mandela Biography – Birthday, Facts, Life Story, Quotes.

 

 

Power of Words Video

 

Published on Apr 30, 2013

A glimpse at the Power of Words Midnight Moment film on the Times Square screens inspired by the words of Nelson Mandela. Created in conjunction with Times Square Arts, the Tribeca Film Festival, the Nelson Mandela Foundation, and the Times Square Advertising Coalition. http://timessquarenyc.org/times-squar…

 

 

 

 

Nelson Mandela Interactive Page At USA Today

 

 

Celebrities hail Nelson Mandela on eve of birthday

 

Drew Thomas, USA TODAY

 

While Nelson Mandela remains in critical but stable condition in a hospital in Pretoria, South Africa, the world prepares to celebrate his 95th birthday.

 

A host of celebrities, including the Dalai Lama, former president Bill Clinton and Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group, have voiced their appreciation for Mandela.

 

Mandela Day is celebrated July 18, the birthday of the former South African president and political activist. It was created In an effort to promote global peace and inspire individuals to take action to help change the world for the better.

 

In a video clip on mandeladay.com, Mandela explains that his birthday will not be a holiday, but rather “a day devoted to service. It is our hope that people will dedicate their time and effort to improve the conditions within their own community.”

 

“You’re an example to us all of perseverance, strength, wisdom and grace,” said Branson, who is one of many celebrities encouraging people to do their part in celebrating Mandela Day.

 

 

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The Dalai Lama, Bill Clinton and Richard Branson are among a host of celebrities voicing their appreciation for former South African president Nelson Mandela, urging people to "change the world" on his 95th birthday, which falls on Thursday.

The Dalai Lama, Bill Clinton and Richard Branson are among a host of celebrities voicing their appreciation for former South African president Nelson Mandela, urging people to “change the world” on his 95th birthday, which falls on Thursday.

 

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In The Balcony Movie Review: Now You See Me.


By Jueseppi B.

 

 

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Now You See Me is an upcoming caper film directed by Louis Leterrier. It is scheduled to be released on May 31, 2013.

 

 

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Directed by Louis Leterrier
Screenplay by Ed Solomon
Boaz Yakin
Edward Ricourt
Story by Boaz Yakin
Edward Ricourt
Starring Jesse Eisenberg
Mark Ruffalo
Woody Harrelson
Mélanie Laurent
Isla Fisher
Dave Franco
with Michael Caine
and Morgan Freeman
Music by Brian Tyler
Cinematography Larry Fong
Editing by Robert Leighton
Studio K/O Paper Products
Distributed by Summit Entertainment
Release date(s)
  • May 31, 2013
Country United States
Language English
Budget $70 million

Now You See Me TRAILER (2013) – Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher Movie HD

 

Published on Nov 16, 2012

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Now You See Me TRAILER (2013) – Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher Movie HD

FBI agents track a team of illusionists who pull off bank heists during their performances and reward their audiences with the money.

Cast:
Morgan Freeman: http://j.mp/Y0ZP5A
Mark Ruffalo: http://j.mp/ORQGvY
Isla Fisher: http://j.mp/VTuvCT
Woody Harrelson: http://j.mp/OYEYzJ
Jesse Eisenberg: http://j.mp/RNb4uy
Michael Caine: http://j.mp/QjM1yN
Mélanie Laurent: http://j.mp/QjueN3
Elias Koteas: http://j.mp/QjueN5
Common: http://j.mp/RRu1vJ
Michael Kelly: http://j.mp/QjucEV

Director:
Louis Leterrier: http://j.mp/Qjuf3n

Producer:
Boaz Yakin: http://j.mp/Qjuf3p
Stan Wlodkowski: http://j.mp/QjucEX
Alex Kurtzman: http://j.mp/Qjuf3r
Bobby Cohen: http://j.mp/Qjuf3t
Roberto Orci: http://j.mp/Qjuf3v

Writer:
Boaz Yakin: http://j.mp/QjucVf
Josh Appelbaum
André Nemec
Edward Ricourt
Ed Solomon: http://j.mp/Qjuf3z

Editor:
Robert Leighton: http://j.mp/QjucVh

Cinematographer:
Larry Fong: http://j.mp/RU9CZq

 

 

 

 

 

Synopsis

An FBI agent and an Interpol detective track a team of illusionists who pull off bank heists during their performances and reward their audiences with the money.

 

“Now You See Me” follows a group of Las Vegas illusionists who pull off a series of heists, much to the dismay of a dumbfounded FBI group investing the magical crew. The magicians act as modern-day Robin Hoods, stealing from corrupt business leaders during their shows and handing out the profits to their audiences. Woody Harrelson and Morgan Freeman also star.

 

 

Cast

 

NOW YOU SEE ME – Clip “First 4 Minutes”

 

 

 

 

 

Now You See Me – Official Trailer [HD]

 

 

 

 

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Some History About Black History Month


By Jueseppi B.

 

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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

by Elissa Haney

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.

 

 

 

Contemporary Issues & Facts

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

 

 

Biographies & Special Features

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.

Thank you Info Please for this vitally important information.

 

 

500 Notable African American Biographies

 

Entertainers

 

Athletes

 

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