That we even have a Black History Month is something of a feat, given the long and complicated path of racial justice in America. The idea was first proposed as "Negro History Week" by historian Carter G. Woodson in 1926 to celebrate the February births of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass.
What has happened to black leadership? In the face of endless statistics showing the rapid decline of whatever illusory semblance of progress blacks imagined, such signs of progress have almost evaporated in less than a decade.
Years before Google and YouTube, E 185 was my search engine, and sitting on the floor in that space, Black History Month was indeed every month, everyday.
During Black History Month in February, provocative talks, exhibits and exciting performances take a look at black leaders, activists, artists, authors and innovators who have made their mark in American history.
Born on Feb. 4, 1913, today would have been Rosa Parks' 100th birthday. On Dec. 1, 1955, Parks refused to give up her seat to a white passenger on a c...
1. Parks had been thrown off the bus a decade earlier by the same bus driver -- for refusing to pay in the front and go around to the back to board.
February is called Black History month and, as Latinos, we need to understand our part in this celebration outside of the learning component. Latinos have a long history of African heritage within their linage that is not brought to light enough.
The safety and sustainability of our communities is essential to leaving a lasting legacy. We must connect ourselves with neighborhood groups that focus on reducing violence and promoting entrepreneurship and civic engagement.
Malcolm X was fond of saying, "Our history did not begin in chains." Yet every year that's where Black History Month lesson plans in schools across America begin. They begin telling the story of our history -- black history -- in chains.
Moses Groves was not always an artist. As a bass, baritone, and second tenor, he recorded with Little Jimmy and The Tops. The group eventually disbanded. A future filled with life, love, and art intertwined would ensue for this passionate artist.
Those subjects were not part of my high school curriculum in the 1990s. With the exception of black history, women's history and especially gay history remained virtually absent from my graduate training at Columbia in the 2000s.
The presence of people of African descent on numerous teams across the globe is an open invitation to explore historic and contemporary migration patterns - both voluntary and involuntary - to broaden our perspectives about the world around us.
Black History Month and Women's History Month are often viewed as separate entities. But black women and other women of color know that their economic circumstances are affected by being both a person of color and a woman.
We must not and cannot dismiss these incidents as simply the actions of a few individuals, for racism and other forms of oppression exist on multiple levels. These incidents are symptoms of larger systemic national problems.
I consciously chose not to write this blog during February. Why bother? There is more than enough. The story I want to recount is how history is made every day with black people, white people, all people through the power of friendship.
At a recent show, guitarist Hubby Jenkins joked that a white person playing banjo in the mid-1800s was like "Vanilla Ice rapping in the 1980s."