The Pros and Cons of Black History Month

Originally posted on The Grio.com Black History Month is a refreshingly festive time of the year for most of us. Our national choice to give reverence to the contributions of African-Americans is worthy of celebration. If grades were given for effort, we would earn at least a B+ for our joint commitment to allocating a […]

Teaching Tools: Black History Month

It is great to know where you are going but it is more than beneficial to know from whence you came.  We can not depend on our over extended school systems to teach our children about black history. Below you will find some great resources that can be used to teach kids more about Black […]

Thank You Dr. King

This is the day set aside to honor one of our national heroes, Dr. Martin Luther King,Jr.  Here are some facts about Dr. King: Martin Luther King Quick Facts Birth January 15, 1929 Death April 4, 1968 Place of Birth Atlanta, Georgia Known for Leading the civil rights movement in the United States Advocating nonviolent […]

Trans-Atlantic Slave Voyages

Emory University has released a free online database granting access to records of transatlantic slave voyages.  The database allows readers to search voyages databases, see estimates of the slave trade, and explore the African names database.  The Trans-Atlantic Slave Voyage Database has information on almost 35,000 slaving voyages between the 16th and 19th century.  Over […]

Duke Ellington Coin!

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Be still my heart.  Not only do we have an African-American President, but now we have an African-American on a coin!  Yes, money!  Famed jazz performer and activist Duke Ellington is featured on the new District of Columbia Quarter.  It is part of the U.S. Mint’s line of state-themed quarters.  This is yet another historical […]

Notable African-American Quotes

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A spiritual renaissance is what is needed among young African-American people. Any attempt at building racial and cultural institutions in our communities without a spiritual renaissance–a vibrant embrace of faith–will produce symbols but not substance. Anthony A. Parker Neither the old=time slavery, nor continued prejudice need extinguish self-respect, crush manly ambition or paralyze effort… Paul […]

Black History Month:Olaudah Equiano

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When the average American thinks of Black History Month and the purpose of it most of us automatically focus our attention on the Civil Rights Movement and the leaders that emerged during that era.  Although that period was certainly a notable for Americans of African descent it gives only a small glimpse at the beautiful […]

Business Spotlight: February 2009

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Okay Sisters, as promised we have chosen the first business for our Monthly Business Spotlight.  I recently had the pleasure of meeting a lovely young woman who has used her God given talent to create an educational board game for children.  Robin Walker has an infectious smile and her face just glows when she begins […]

The History of Black History Month

February marks the beginning of Black History Month, a federally recognized, nation-wide celebration that provides the opportunity for all Americans to reflect on the significant roles that African Americans have played in the shaping of U.S. history. But how did this celebration come to be — and why does it take place in February?                                            […]