February 2021 is Black History Month in Cambridge,MA and New England!

February 2021 is Black History Month in Cambridge,MA and New England!

USA Celebrates Black History Month Once again Begining February 1,2021!

  • Posted on: 29 January 2021

Black History Month is an annual observance originating in the United States, where it is also known as African-American History Month. It has received official recognition from governments in the United States and Canada, and more recently has been observed in Ireland, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. It began as a way of remembering important people and events in the history of the African diaspora. It is celebrated in February in the United States[5] and Canada,[6] while in Ireland, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom it is observed in October.[7][8][3]

Negro History Week (1926)
The precursor to Black History Month was created in 1926 in the United States, when historian Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History announced the second week of February to be "Negro History Week".[9] This week was chosen because it coincided with the birthday of Abraham Lincoln on February 12 and of Frederick Douglass on February 14, both of which dates black communities had celebrated together since the late 19th century.[9] Negro History Week was the center of the equation. The thought-process behind the week was never recorded, but scholars acknowledge two reasons for its birth: recognition and importance.[10] Woodson felt deeply that at least one week would allow for the general movement to become something annually celebrated. Also, after the ten year long haul to successfully complete his "Journal of Negro History", he realized the subject deserved to resonate with a greater audience.

From the event's initial phase, primary emphasis was placed on encouraging the coordinated teaching of the history of black Americans in the nation's public schools. The first Negro History Week was met with a lukewarm response, gaining the cooperation of the Departments of Education of the states of North Carolina, Delaware, and West Virginia as well as the city school administrations of Baltimore and Washington, D.C..[11] Despite this far from universal observance, the event was regarded by Woodson as "one of the most fortunate steps ever taken by the Association", and plans for a repeat of the event on an annual basis continued apace.[11]

At the time of Negro History Week's launch, Woodson contended that the teaching of black history was essential to ensure the physical and intellectual survival of the race within broader society:

If a race has no history, it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world, and it stands in danger of being exterminated. The American Indian left no continuous record. He did not appreciate the value of tradition; and where is he today? The Hebrew keenly appreciated the value of tradition, as is attested by the Bible itself. In spite of worldwide persecution, therefore, he is a great factor in our civilization.[12]

By 1929, The Journal of Negro History was able to note that with only two exceptions, officials with the State Departments of Educations of "every state with considerable Negro population" had made the event known to that state's teachers and distributed official literature associated with the event".[13] Churches also played a significant role in the distribution of literature in association with Negro History Week during this initial interval, with the mainstream and black press aiding in the publicity effort.[14]

Throughout the 1930s, Negro History Week countered the growing myth of the South’s "lost cause", as epitomized in both the novel and the movie Gone With The Wind. That myth argued that slaves had been well-treated, that the Civil War was a war of "northern aggression", and that blacks had been better off under slavery. "When you control a man's thinking you do not have to worry about his actions", Woodson wrote in his book The Miseducation of the American Negro. "You do not have to tell him not to stand here or go yonder. He will find his 'proper place' and will stay in it."[15]

Negro History Week grew in popularity throughout the following decades, with mayors across the United States endorsing it as a holiday.[9]

United States: Black History Month (1970)

The Black United Students first Black culture center (Kuumba House) where many events of the first Black History Month celebration took place.
Black History Month was first proposed by black educators and the Black United Students at Kent State University in February 1969. The first celebration of Black History Month took place at Kent State one year later, from January 2 to February 28, 1970.[5]

Six years later, Black History Month was being celebrated all across the country in educational institutions, centers of Black culture and community centers, both great and small, when President Gerald Ford recognized Black History Month, during the celebration of the United States Bicentennial. He urged Americans to "seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history".[16]

In the black community, Black History Month was met with enthusiastic response; it prompted the creation of Black history clubs, an increase in interest among teachers, and interest from progressive whites.[9]

On February 21, 2016, 106-year Washington D.C. resident and school volunteer Virginia McLaurin visited the White House as part of Black History Month. When asked by the president why she was there, McLaurin said, "A Black president. A Black wife. And I’m here to celebrate Black history. That's what I'm here for."[17].
SOURCE: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_History_Month

Monday February 1, 2021
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Arguably one of the most mainstream music styles today, rap was in fact born centuries ago in West Africa with historians or 'griots' who used to tell stories of the past over the beat of a drum. But it wasn't until the 1970s in New York that rapping as we know it was born and began to flourish. 50 Rappers Who Changed the World profiles some of the genre's biggest influencers, from the 1970s until the present day.

Join us as we host author, Candace McDuffie for a conversation with Justin McCarthy, an educator and scholar interested in African-American Literature and Hip-Hop Studies, about her research, her writing process and where she foresees hip-hop will take us next.

Candace McDuffie is a respected cultural critic and music journalist who focuses on the intersection of race, gender and entertainment. Her written work has been featured on a plethora of digital platforms such as: Rolling Stone, MTV, Forbes, Grammy.com, Paper Mag, Entertainment Weekly, Glamour, Vibe, Tidal, Marie Claire, The Christian Science Monitor and Boston Magazine. McDuffie has appeared as a commentator on BBC World Service: World Business Report and the Boston based Indie617 Radio Show. As a public speaker, she has given talks and moderated panels at an array of conferences, schools and cultural events including: Black Communities Conference, Boston Book Festival, Writer's Digest Annual Conference and The Muse and The Marketplace. She currently resides in Boston and works as a preschool teacher.
SEE https://www.cambridgema.gov/cpl/calendarofevents/2021/02/01/50rapperswho...

Black History Month Film Festival
Feb. 1-28

At this pivotal moment in our nation's history, The Boston Globe honors films and filmmakers documenting the Black experience and the continued plight of systemic racism in the United States. Join us throughout the month of February to view and discuss newly-released films alongside time-honored classics.Read more about the events and RSVP here.https://blackhistorymonthfilmfestival.splashthat.com/?s_campaign=coronav...

UMaine announces Black History Month eventsJanuary 29, 2021.

 The University of Maine will observe Black History Month with a series of virtual events hosted by the Black Student Union in partnership with the Office for Diversity and Inclusion and Fogler Library, among others. Raising of the Black Lives Matter flag will be livestreamed at noon Feb. 1 on the Mall in front of Fogler Library, or in the Memorial Union Bangor Room in inclement weather. Black Lives Matter flags will also be flown at the New Balance Student Recreation Center and the Maine Bound Adventure Center. Monthlong events include an Indoor Sprint Triathlon for Social Change, hosted by the New Balance Student Recreation Center, and an online Racial Justice Challenge sponsored by Fogler Library. At the recreation center, triathletes can complete a 2-mile run, a 500-meter swim, and a 6-mile bike ride over the course of the month. The first 20 people to successfully complete all three events will receive an event T-shirt. Scores will be announced online and updated weekly throughout the month of February. More information is available by contacting Adrianna Del Amo, adrianna.delamo@maine.edu.Fogler Library’s online Racial Justice Challenge is designed to help the community learn, listen, and take action regarding race, racism, and anti-racism. The self-paced challenge modules, which will remain available after Black History Month concludes, culminate in development of a personalized racial justice plan. For information, contact Jen Bonnet, jennifer.l.bonnet@maine.edu.Other celebration highlights include a Feb. 9 discussion of Black Excellence and a Feb. 22 conversation with current UMaine students. Kimberly Whitehead, vice president and chief of staff to UMaine President Joan Ferrini-Mundy; Edneisha Curry, lecturer and assistant men’s basketball coach; Pious Ali, a Portland city councilor; and alumni David Patrick are the panelists for the Feb. 9 event, which is set for 3 p.m. Patrick is the co-founder of Racial Equity and Justice of Bangor. UMaine students Lauren Babb, Jacquel Eley, Amber Kennedy and Elisabeth Redwood will facilitate a conversation about Black identity, “Speaking LIFE.” Participants can join the Feb. 9 discussion of Black Excellence on Zoom and message laura.rickard@maine.edu for a link to the Feb. 22 event.The Black Student Union also is sponsoring a presentation, “Reducing Stigma Around Mental Health and Mental Health Care,” 1 p.m. Feb. 16; a Black History Month Trivia Night, and Culture Night, a celebration of diversity expressed through performance art. The Husson University African Student Association will co-host Culture Night. For information about the mental health panel, contact Anila Karunakar, director of Diversity and Inclusion, anila.karunakar@maine.edu. For information about other Black History Month events, including registration links, contact BSU president Faye Smith, faye.smith@maine.edu.

2021 Elinor Williams Hooker Tea Talks at the Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire.

The Black Heritage Trail is once again hosting a phenomenal series of talks to celebrate Black History Month. It's a "virtual" series this year, so you don't even have to brave the 15° weather to participate. But you do need to register in advance!Check out all the great topics at https://blackheritagetrailnh.org/tea-talks/

American History TV in Prime TimeJoin American History TV in prime time next week. Tune in starting at 8 pm ET.

Monday — HistoryMakers: African American History
February is Black History Month, and on Monday we'll feature programs hosted by the HistoryMakers, the largest collection of videotaped oral history interviews with African Americans. We start with HistoryMakers founder and president Julieanna Richardson, who marks her organization's 20th anniversary with a look at its founding, history and current projects. She's interviewed by Fox News political analyst Juan Williams.

NEW & Expanded Course

Next month, during Black History Month, CelebrateMercy is launching a newly-expanded course: Black Lives Around the Messenger ﷺ. In this 10-part series, Shaykh Adeyinka Mendes and other guests will teach about the lives of Prophet Muhammad's ﷺ Black Companions. This is a free online course with a suggested donation. In June 2020, this was our most popular online course ever. This time, we are expanding the course to cover even more material. We're also publishing a new course book that students can pre-order soon (more on the book here). Register for the course below: Celebrate Mercy. Celebrate Muhammad ﷺ.Let's Make History by Telling His Story. The CelebrateMercy TeamEmail: info@celebratemercy.comPhone: +1-(424) 235-3278 CelebrateMercy | 7350 Montgomery Rd, # 36370, Cincinnati, OH 45236. Sent by info@celebratemercy.com    

                                                          2021 ASALH Black History Month Festival is ALMOST HERE! Tune in February 1st Monday, February 1, 20215 p.m. EST on ASALH TV.(ASALH TV, a YouTube Channel)
Join Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, ASALH national president, for the announcement of the Black History Theme and introduction of ASALH’s 2021 Black History Month Festival.
Click here to read more Wednesday, February 3, 20215 p.m. EST on ASALH TV.(ASALH's premier YouTube Channel)FREE FESTIVAL EVENT

ASALH, in partnership with PBS Books will host a virtual conversation with trailblazer Dr. Mae Jemison on Wednesday, February 3 at 5pm ET on ASALH TV, the association's premier Youtube channel.
Encourage young people to join this conversation with the first African American woman to travel into space when she served as a mission specialist aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour!This event launches the release of the second edition of the book,  Find Where the Wind Goes, a children’s book about her life.  Click here to read more Saturday, February 6, 202112 p.m. EST onASALH TV.(ASALH's premier YouTube

This event will feature a panel of authors, chefs and historians who will share their work and discuss the important role that food has played in Black family life throughout the diaspora. Panelists include: Gina Paige, CEO and Founder of African Ancestry; Carla Hall, author and celebrity chef; Stephanie Evans, scholar and author, Georgia State University; Daphne Maxwell Reid, actor (Fresh Prince of Bel Air) and author of “Grace, Soul and Mother Wit”; and Jerome Grant, executive chef of the historic National Museum of African American History who will join us for this exciting event! Register Now! Virtual Festival Marquee EventASALH's 2021 Black History Month Festival. Click here to learn more.Donate to Black History.Join or renew ASALH membership TODAY.2021 Black History Theme Products Available Now. Association for the Study of African American Life and History | www.asalh.org

Yours In Peace
Hasson Rashid
Concerned Citizen