1875. Historian. Pioneer. Lack of history represented in history books. One week. Journal of Negro History. Association for the Study of Negro Life and History. Second week of February. 1976. Transitioned into Black History Month.
These words relate to one man who made African American history extremely important, Dr. Carter G. Woodson. It is February 7, 2019, and Black History Month celebrations are under way. The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) sponsors the National African American Read-In, and the International Literacy Association (ILA) endorses this event. “The goal is to document readers making the celebration of African American literacy a traditional part of Black History Month activities” (“Take Part in the African American Read-In”).
How I am Celebrating Black History Month In honor of Black History Month, I am reading the following novels:
- The Souls of Black Folks – W. E. B. DuBois
- Death in a Promised Land: The Tulsa Race Riot in 1921 – Scott Ellsworth: currently reading
- In Search of the Promised Land: A Slave Family in the Old South – John Hope Franklin
- Runaway Slaves: Rebels on the Plantation, 1790-1860 – John Hope Franklin and Loren Schweninger
- Strength to Love – Martin Luther King, Jr.
I do not know if I will finish reading these books by February 28, 2019, but I do know that I will read them. Lastly, I thank Dr. Woodson for creating National Negro Week, which is now being recognized for a month, because he sought to educate the minds of people about African Americans’ contributions in America. His legacy continues
“Take Part in the African American Read-In! – ReadWriteThink.” Readwritethink.org, 1 Feb. 2019, www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/calendar-activities/take-part-african-american-20419.html.
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