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SIRS Discoverer Spotlight: Black History Month

Americans, both white and black, marching from Selma, Ala., to Montgomery, Ala., in March 1965, in an effort to guarantee voting rights for all Americans. <br \> by James H. Karales, Library of Congress, via ProQuest SIRS Discoverer [Public Domain]

Americans, both white and black, marching from Selma, Ala., to Montgomery, Ala., in March 1965, in an effort to guarantee voting rights for all Americans.
by James H. Karales, Library of Congress, via ProQuest SIRS Discoverer [Public Domain]

February is Black History Month. It’s a perfect time to celebrate African-American heritage, culture, and history, and to learn about the many African Americans who have contributed so much to the United States and the world! Read about the accomplishments of African Americans who made a difference with their ideas and actions, such as Hiram Revels, Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, and Jackie Robinson.  This month is also a great opportunity to learn about organizations that have been vital to the progress of civil rights, such as the National Association for the Advancement of Colored Persons, known as the NAACP. For more than 100 years, the NAACP helped minorities in their struggle for freedoms. The group supported the African-American labor movement of the 1930s and 1940s and, in the 1950s, was involved in the Brown v. Board of Education case.

Check out this month’s SIRS Discoverer’s Spotlight of the Month and join us in honoring African Americans and their continuing influence and triumphs.

 

SKS Spotlight of the Month: Black History Month

Eager African American Boy Scouts get ready to do their part by distributing posters in their neighborhoods <br \> 208-LU-13K-21, via ProQuest SIRS Renaissance [Public Domain]

Eager African American Boy Scouts get ready to do their part by distributing posters in their neighborhoods
208-LU-13K-21, via ProQuest SIRS Renaissance [Public Domain]

African-American history is integral to the history of the United States. Our nation and its ever-evolving notion of “freedom” rests on the backbone of the African-American experience. Stories of Black Americans overcoming great odds are interwoven into the fabric of the American experience. Consider the personal histories of such people as Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. Du Bois, Rosa Parks, and Martin Luther King, Jr.: the strength, resiliency, and wisdom of these individuals have inspired countless Americans and forever will be synonymous with the America’s heritage and culture. The American notion of “freedom”–what it stands for and what it means to society–reflects the struggles and triumphs of these and many more African Americans.

Join SKS during the month of February in celebrating Black History Month. Learn about and commemorate the achievements of African Americans throughout history and today.

Frederick Douglass–Slavery to Freedom

Frederick Douglass
[Public Domain]
Photo from Library of Congress

 Frederick Douglass was born around 1818 –there are no exact records of his birth–as Frederick Bailey. He escaped slavery at age 20 by boarding a train in Baltimore, Maryland. After surviving this uncertain and dangerous journey, he became a famous abolitionist, public speaker and author. As a youth, he never went to school but learned to read and write and eventually published his autobiography Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave. A pioneering figure in the abolitionist movement, he tried to end slavery before the Civil War. In the 1850s, Douglass was involved with the Underground Railroad, helping many slaves to freedom. As a free man he published a newspaper, The North Star  which was named after the star that the slaves followed when they ran away on foot and escaped to the free states of the North. Celebrate Black History Month by reading more about this important figure in U.S. history on SIRS Discoverer.

SIRS Discoverer Spotlight: Black History Month

Portrait of a young African-American from the "Negro Exhibition" created by W.E.B. Du Bois and presented at the Paris Exhibition, 1900. By Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, via ProQuest SIRS Discoverer [Public Domain]

Portrait of a young African-American from the “Negro Exhibition” created by W.E.B. Du Bois and presented at the Paris Exhibition, 1900.
By Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, via ProQuest SIRS Discoverer [Public Domain]

February is Black History Month! Celebrate with SIRS Discoverer by learning about African Americans and their accomplishments, history, culture and heritage.  Join people across the nation and honor the vital role African Americans played in shaping the country’s past and present. Meet Sojourner Truth and discover the immense impact she had on civil and women’s rights. Read about Martin Luther King’s historic “I Have a Dream” speech. Get to know pioneering African-American athletes such as Moses Fleetwood Walker and John Baxter Taylor Jr. Visit the construction site of the National Museum of African American History and Culture,  a museum of black history being built in Washington, DC. From the slavery era through the civil-rights movement, from the courageous efforts of Ruby Bridges to the political success of Barack Obama, African Americans have shaped American history. Go to February’s Discoverer Spotlight of the Month and pay tribute to Black History Month.