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Black History Month

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  1. Black History Month (
      "Black history and culture is such a part of the American fabric -- and the school curriculum -- that it's difficult to imagine a time when that wasn't so." Provides over a dozen lesson plans. 01-07

  1. Black History Month (
      Provides several dozen resources. 01-07

  1. Black News (
      Provides news from a diverse set of African American press resources. 01-07

  1. -Editorial: The 25 Most Important Films on Race (
      "To celebrate Black History Month, we've chosen 25 movies to honor the artistry, appeal and determination of African Americans on and behind the screen. The films span nine decades, and reveal a legacy that was tragic before it was triumphant. At first, blacks were invisible; when they were allowed to be seen, it was mostly as derisive comic relief. The 1950s ushered in the age of the noble Negro, in the imposing person of Sidney Poitier — the Jackie Robinson of movies. Only when Hollywood realized that a sizable black audience would pay to see films more reflective of their lives, whether funny, poignant or violent, were they given control of the means of production. Sometimes. The fact remains that of the 25 films here, chosen to cover the widest range of black films, fewer than half were directed by blacks." 02-08

  2. Black History (
      "In an effort to bring national attention to the contributions of black Americans, Woodson organized the first annual Negro History Week in 1926. He chose the second week of February in honor of the birthdays of pivotal black supporters Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln." 02-06

  3. Black History Month Resources (
      "In 1926 Woodson organized the first annual Negro History Week, which took place during the second week of February. Woodson chose this date to co-incide with the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln - two men who had greatly impacted the black population." 02-06

  1. -Black History Month (
      "Black History Month is celebrated annually in the United States in the month of February." 01-07

  2. Black History Month (
      "Black history cannot be separated from American history as a whole, from colonial times to the Civil War through the civil rights campaign and beyond." 01-07

  3. Harlem Renaissance (
      “Emerging from the rubble of World War I came a movement that redefined African American expression. The cultural and social movement of the 1920s and 1930s resulted in an explosion of new music, art, theatre and dance. In fact, the substance of what came to be called the Harlem Renaissance inspires artists to this day." 10-12

  4. Morgan Freeman Against Black History Month (CBS News)
      “ 'You’re going to relegate my history to a month?' Freeman asks Wallace. After noting there is no 'white history month,' he says, 'I don’t want a black history month. Black history is American history,' he tells Wallace."

  5. The Montague Collection of Black History (CNN News)
      “Nathaniel Montague spent more than 50 of his 84 years chasing history, meticulously collecting rare and one-of-a-kind fragments of America's past. Slave documents. Photographs. Signatures. Recordings."


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