Fort Valley State University celebrates Black History Month

03 February, 2018, 09:23 | Author: Brian Mcdaniel
  • African American History Month events around Kern County

An event Thursday night was a panel discussion about the origins of Black History Month.

Today, we start off the month with our Black History Month in Focus series of editorials to highlight our history.

When a man moved his family hundreds of miles to Huntington in 1892 because it had a high school for black people, he likely didn't realize his own son would eventually become the "Father of Black History". The celebration was expanded to a month in 1976, as President Gerald R. Ford urged Americans to "seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history", according to the site.

Black History Month begins on February 1st, kicking off 28 days of remembering historic Black contributors to American culture and society, while discussing the history of the African diaspora. "Our history is much older than that so, I wanted the kids to understand that and have a sense of pride about who they are".

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With of all these events going on Forte took some time to reflect on what Black History Month means to her.

"If you listen attentively over the next several days, you will hear all kinds of stuff about black history and very little about Woodson", Morris said. "That's how I've always seen it", Davis said.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will celebrate Black History Month with a variety of events including historical tours, speakers and other events.

February 14, 7 p.m.: At Museum London a screening of Loving, the 2016 film written and directed by Jeff Nichols that tells the story of Richard and Mildred Loving, who in 1967 went to the U.S. Supreme Court to battle state laws prohibiting interracial marriage.

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