BLACK HISTORY MONTH EVENTS

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BLACK HISTORY MONTH CALENDAR

  • Saturday, February 23
    New York Times Best-Selling Author Kenneth C. Davis
    Lecture and Book Signing
    "In the Shadow of Liberty: The Hidden History of Slavery, Four Presidents, and Five Black Lives"
    1:00 pm
    Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum
  • Saturday, February 23
    Black History Month Celebration
    by the Rising Sun Initiative
    6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Allentown City Hall
  • Sunday, February 24
    Black History Month Service
    Time TBD
    Union Baptist Church
  • Sunday, February 24
    Black History Celebration
    Living Our History
    "Addressing the Crisis in Our Community"
    4:00 pm
    Union Baptist Church

28 WAYS TO CELEBRATE BLACK HISTORY MONTH BY VANESSA MBONU


Since the 1970s, the month of February has been an exceptional period for the Black community as we devote 28 days – 29 if we’re lucky – to commemorate all things Black. Black History Month is celebrated across the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany and Netherlands, and from school systems to television networks, many organizations recognize the month by building Black history into their programming during the month of February

Here at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, this Black history month is particularly special because we’re celebrating our anniversary – we’re 110 years young, and we’re challenging all of our supporters to celebrate Black history a different way each day.

These are 28 ways you can celebrate Black History this month:

  1. Support a Black business
  2. Visit a Black History or Civil Rights Museum in your local area
  3. Donate to a Black organization
  4. Host a Black film marathon
  5. Wear your hair out in its natural form to school, work or a social event
  6. Become a member of a Black organization
  7. Trace your family history
  8. Spend time with a Black elder in your community
  9. Read a book by a Black author
  10. Cook a soul food meal
  11. Sign up to mentor a Black child in your community
  12. Donate to an HBCU
  13. Attend or host a Black culture event in your community
  14. Learn about an unsung hero of Black history
  15. Support a Black creative (artist, poet, local musician, etc.)
  16. Study the African Diaspora
  17. Explore Black Music
  18. Call out racism and prejudice in your community
  19. Sign up to receive news from a Black organization
  20. Contribute an essay or blog to a Black media outlet
  21. Support the black media, black press and the NNPA
  22. Engage in healthy conversations about Black history on social media
  23. Learn the lyrics to Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing
  24. Read Dr. King’s I Have a Dream Speech
  25. Decorate your home with Black Art
  26. Read a biography of an influential Black figure
  27. Write a Black children’s Book
  28. Register to vote!

BLACK HISTORY FACTS

  

FEB 1  Four North Carolina A&T students begin the Sit-in Movement R the lunch counter of a Greenboro, NC, five 

            and dime store, 1960

FEB 3 Jack Johnson, First African American Heavyweight Champion wins the"Negro Heavyweight Title", 1903

            Mike Carey becomes first African-American to referee a Super Bowl, 2008 

FEB 4 Rosa Parks, initiator of the Montgomery, Alabama Bus Boycott, 1913

FEB 5 Hank Arron, Major League Baseball home-run king, born, 1934

FEB 6 Bob Marley, Reggae Musician, born, 1945 

            First organize migration of  Blacks back to Africa from New York to Sierra Leone, takes place, 1820

FEB 7  Carer G. Woodson Founds Black history week which would later become Black History Month, 1976

FEB 8  Debi Thomas become the first African American Woman to win Woman's Single for figure skating , 1986

FEB 9  Alice Walker, Author of The Color Purple, born 1944

FEB 10 Leontyne Price, world renowned opera singer, born, 1927

             Roberta Flack, singer , born, 1939

FEB 11  Nelson Mandela is released from a South Africa Prison after detained for 27 years as a political prisoner, 

             1990

FEB 12 NAACP founded , after riot in Springfield, IL, 1909

             Abraham Lincoln, 16th president of the United States who preserved the Union and abolished slavery, 

             born, 1809

FEB 14 Fredrick Douglas, "The Great Emancipator", born, 1818

              Morehouse College founded as Augusta Institute, 1867

FEB 17 Michael Jordan basketball superstar, born 1963

              Huey Newton, founder of the Black Panther Party, born, 1942

FEB 18 Toni Morrison, Pulitzer Prize winning author, born, 1931

FEB 19 William "Smokey" Robinson, born 1940

FEB 20 Sidney Poitier, author, born, 1927

              JF Pickering patents his airship invention, 1900 

FEB 21   Barbara Jordan, politician, lawyer, educator, born, 1936

               John Lewis, Congressmen,  and Civil Rights Leader, born, 1940

FEB 23 W. E. B. Dubois, historian, civil rights leader and one of the founders of the NAACP, born, 1868

FEB 24  Bishop Daniel A. Payne, reformer and educator  of the A.M.E. Church, born, 1811

FEB 27  Marian Anderson, one of the 20th century's most celebrated singers who became a symbol of the 

               struggle to overcome discrimination in the arts, born 1897

FEB 28   Hattie McDonald became the first African-American to win the Oscar or her role as Mammy in  Gone 

                With Wind, 1940