Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history.
Our Diversity and Inclusion team gathered a few videos and articles to highlight:
- The Significance of Black History Month in 2021: It's been 45 years since "Negro History Week" expanded into Black History Month. This year, the celebration of the contributions of Black people comes in the wake of widespread protests over the death of George Floyd and a racial reckoning across the United States. Marc Morial, president of the National Urban League, joins CBSN's Tanya Rivero to discuss. View Video Here
- Black History Facts from History.com: Black History Month honors the contributions of African Americans to U.S. history. Among prominent figures are Madam C.J. Walker, who was the first U.S. woman to become a self-made millionaire; George Washington Carver, who derived nearly 300 products from the peanut; Rosa Parks, who sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott and galvanized the civil rights movement; and Shirley Chisholm, who was the first African American woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. Read on for more Black history facts
- Local History Facts - The A&T Four: On February 1st, 1960 in Greensboro, North Carolina, four North Carolina A&T freshmen students, Ezell Blair, Jr. (Jibreel Khazan), Franklin McCain, Joseph McNeil & David Richmond walked downtown and “sat - in” at the whites–only lunch counter at Woolworth’s. They refused to leave when denied service and stayed until the store closed. Read More Here
(Photo courtesy of A&T University Relations.)
- Check Out the International Civil Rights Museum (Old Woolworth's mentioned above): The International Civil Rights Center & Museum, and iconic Landmark, is a comprehensive Civil Rights museum and an innovative social justice educational organization devoted to the understanding and advancement of civil and human rights at home and around the world. It commemorates the Feb. 1, 1960, sit-ins at a whites-only lunch counter in Greensboro, by the N.C. A&T Four students. Their non-violent direct action challenged America to make good its promises of equality and civic inclusion enunciated in the Constitution. The F.W. Woolworth's five-and-dime site, now home to the Center and Museum, is a monument to the bravery visionary young advocates of full citizenship and social justice. Read More Here
- PBS Has Specials During this Month Highlighting Black History: Black History Month is here and we are thrilled to share a host of documentaries and digital shorts that highlight the richness of the Black experience in American history. Here are previews of films premiering this month on PBS, as well as a dozen films you can stream to celebrate Black history. Click here to view