Black History Month

School Has Odd Way of Celebrating Black History Month

The Carondelet all-girls High School in California announced that they would be serving a meal of fried chicken, cornbread, and watermelon in honor of Black History Month. Students and parents were outraged that the school would be so insensitive, denouncing the menu as a celebration of stereotypes, not history. After realizing their error, the school changed the lunch menu and announced they would be holding an assembly on diversity. The school principal Nancy Libby apologized saying: “I’d like to apologize for this announcement and any hurt this caused students, parents…

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Black History Month: “I Have A Dream”

Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” speech is one of the most amazing, inspiration and well-known speeches of all time. This speech was delivered on August 26th, 1963 at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C. For Black History Month, we felt it was really important to share this speech with you (courtesy of ABC News). And don’t forget to check out our free Black History Issue! I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history…

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The 20 Most Influential Black American Leaders of All Time

“A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.” That statement comes from the brilliant Martin Luther King, Jr., inarguably a man way before his time. Like so many great African America leaders, fighting for the rights that were second nature to those that enslaved them. Reading the stories of these remarkable people has been so inspiring and eye-opening. If you would like to learn even more about the uprising of the black power movement, I highly suggest that you watch the movie The Black…

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Jupiter Hammon, Earliest African-American Writer, Poem Discovered By Student

We’ve really been enjoying Black History Month, and it seems that there is always more history being written! This year, a poem was discovered by Julie McCown, a doctoral student, which dates all the way back to 1786 – making it the first documented poem of African American writer Jupiter Hammon. Here’s the story from Huffington Post and don’t forget to check out our free Black History Issue! Firsthand accounts of American slavery are certainly a limited treasure. Any opportunity to read a description of what being subjected to the…

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Why I, an Asian man, fight anti-black racism

This article appeared on Dominion of New York but was originally from the website Changelab, which seems to be run by Scot Nakagawa himself. In this article, Scot talks about why he, as an Asian man, is so passionate about anti-black racism. I think he raises some excellent points – besides the fact that we should all fight against racism of any kind. Worth reading! And don’t forget to check out our free Black History Issue! I’m often asked why I’ve focused so much more on anti-black racism than on…

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