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Black History Month

Fannie Lou Hamer

Hamer is best known for championing black voting rights, especially in her home state of Mississippi, one of many hotbeds for racially motivated voter suppression.

Madam C.J. Walker

Walker, born Sarah Breedlove, is widely regarded as one of the first American women to become a self-made millionaire. Prompted by her experience with early hair loss during the 1890s, Walker created hair care remedies primarily with black women in mind.

Mary McLeod Bethune

After struggling to balance school with working on a plantation to help support her family, Bethune went on to become an educator herself, founding the Daytona Educational and Industrial Institute for girls in 1904. Bethune’s successful stewardship and fundraising for the school eventually gave way to a 1932 merger with the Cookman Institute to form what’s now known as Bethune-Cookman University, a historically black college.

Ruby Bridges

Although she lived mere blocks away from an all-white elementary school, segregation forced Ruby Bridges to travel for miles every day to attend an all-black kindergarten. Then, in 1960, Bridges was thrust into the national spotlight at the tender age of 6, as the first black child to racially integrate an all-white elementary school in the South. The move came less than a decade after the Supreme Court‘s Brown v. Board of Education ruling struck down school segregation.

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Black History Month means to me appreciating those who are African American. I do think that there shouldn’t just be one month associated with appreciating African Americans because they deserve so much more than a month of appreciation, especially the shortest month of the year. I definitely think that it is important to indulge in the cultural diversity that they bring to America because without them and the other cultures that we have in America, we would not be the melting pot that we are.

Black History month is important to me because it recognizes the African American men and women who have made large impacts on our society, whether they were politicians, inventors, etc. It is important to recognize these men and women because of the struggles they’ve been through to not be recognized for their accomplishments they achieved while they were alive.

Thank you all for reading and check back in next week to see what I write about next!

peace out,

Morgan

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Black history month means to me a time dedicated to see what African Americans have accomplished and take time out of the year to recognize what people from past generations had fought for. Black history is a time of celebrating, and thanking African Americans for teaching us what it means to hope, a life lesson that can always be used. Black history month is a time when one is reminded what it means to be an African American, it is not about the bad times but it is about the integrity, leadership, and determination. Black history month is a depiction of what true character looks like.

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Anna

Black History Month

by Anna on February 22, 2017

in Extracurricular

Hello, everyone!  Today I’m going to be writing about Black History Month, which is happening right now in the month of February.  What do you know about it?  It’s certainly a month to recognize and remember the important roles so many black men and women have played in the past 240 years (and beyond) of our country’s history.  Books, articles, and films highlight many of these individuals.  And of course, there are historic figures like Martin Luther King Jr., or Frederick Douglass, or Harriet Tubman, who are some of the most well-known and most-talked-about.  But I think we all know there were far more “unsung heroes” who existed and don’t get the recognition they deserve.  I’d like to share two that I’ve learned and would enjoy learning more about when my time permits!

  1. Tom Bass:  He was a native Missourian, born into slavery in Boone County on January 5, 1859.  After the Civil War ended and being raised by his grandparents, he entered the horse training world at the young age of 20.  His accomplishments are many, perhaps most notably training horses (Saddlebreds, a gaited breed, were his specialty) for Buffalo Bill Cody, Theodore Roosevelt, and Will Rogers.  He developed a more-controlling yet also gentler on the horse’s mouth bit, aptly named the Tom Bass bit, that is still used today.  He died at the age of 75 and was inducted into the Hall of Famous Missourians in 1999.  A good book that I have skimmed through and would love to fully read (again, when I eventually have a spare moment…maybe when I’m 80?!) that talks a lot about his life and work is Tom Bass: Black Horseman by Bill Downey.
  2. Harriet Jacobs:  I’m a huge Mercy Street (PBS TV show) fan and am really enjoying seeing how Season 2 is unfolding.  This season has focused a lot more on the contrabands/free blacks, what their plight was specifically in Alexandria, Virginia (where the show is set), and the people who helped them establish a life free from the chains of slavery.  They’ve introduced a character named Charlotte Jenkins, who is based on real-life abolitionist Harriet Jacobs.  There is an excellent article here (http://www.pbs.org/mercy-street/blogs/mercy-street-revealed/the-freedmens-cause-african-american-abolitionists/) that explains the historical significance of Jacobs and all that she (and many, many others) unfairly endured, yet ultimately overcame.  Jacobs eventually became an advocate for the “refugees from slavery” by educating them, securing food and health care, and recording her experiences so they are preserved for us to read about.  On a side note, the Mercy Street blog also has a lot of other good articles detailing the historical accuracy of the show — from the development of nursing to female soldiers and beyond — and I highly recommend checking them out!

There are certainly many more I would love to share with you, but my tight time forces me to conclude.  I hope you’ve enjoyed learning a bit about two of my favorite African-American historical figures, and I look forward to who my fellow bloggers choose to write about for Black History Month!

~Anna

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Black History Month

by Jessica February 22, 2017

What does it mean to me? Hmm… I’m going to be honest, I don’t get excited about Black History Month. It’s hard to explain. On one hand, I’m not like, “Yay! Black History Month!” On the other hand, I’m not like, “Bleh! Black History Month.” I’m more like, “Black History Month is cool.” I guess […]

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Spring Break 2k15

by Alumni Posts March 2, 2015

Well ladies and gents, salvation has finally decided to grace us. Spring break will be here before we know it, and I honestly couldn’t be happier (I mean, I’m jumping for joy over this way). The trick is, guys, I’m probably gonna be busy with homework and interning the whole break (blah). If I could […]

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Five Ways to Take Better Care of Yourself

by Alumni Posts February 9, 2015

Hey there Fontys! Happy New Year! Well, I’m gonna get straight to the point, the life of an undergrad can get pretty stressful. I mean, with all the things we have to deal with on a regular basis, a little self care can quickly fall by the wayside. I can admit that even before I […]

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