FEBRUARY: THE BLACK HISTORY MONTH

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    MulongoMulongo
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    Black History Month
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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    Black History Month is a remembrance of important people and events in the history of the African diaspora. It is celebrated annually in the United States and Canada in the month of February.

    The remembrance originated in 1926 by historian Carter G. Woodson as “Negro History Week”. Woodson chose the second week of February because it marked the birthdays of two Americans who greatly influenced the lives and social condition of African Americans: former President Abraham Lincoln and abolitionist and former slave Frederick Douglass. Woodson also founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, now the Association for the Study of African American Life and History.

    Purpose
    When the tradition of Black History Month was started in the US, many in mainstream academia had barely begun to explore black history. At that point, most representation of blacks in history books was only in reference to the low social position they held as slaves and their descendants, with infrequent exceptions such as that of George Washington Carver. Black History Month is also referred to as African-American History Month. W.E.B. DuBois’ 1935 work “Black Reconstruction” was an early work in history that pointed to black contributions.

    In the United Kingdom (UK), Black History Month is celebrated in the month of October. The official guide to Black History Month in the UK is published by Sugar Media, Ltd., which produces 100,000 copies nationwide.

    Part of the aim of Black History Month is to recognize significant contributions to society made by black slaves and how their history is integral to mainstream narratives.

    Controversy
    Black History Month sparks an annual debate about the continued usefulness and fairness of a designated month dedicated to the history of one race. Critical op-ed pieces have appeared in the Cincinnati Enquirer and USA Today.

    Some African JESTINE radical/nationalist groups, including the Nation of Islam, have criticized Black History Month. Some critics, including the actor Morgan Freeman, contend that Black History Month is irrelevant because it has degenerated into a shallow ritual.Some, like Morgan Freeman, say that it serves to undermine the contention that black history is American history.

    #22224
    MulongoMulongo
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    February 2, 2009
    12 Stats for Black History Month 2009

    February is Black/African American History Month and the Census Bureau has again provided us with an historical summary and a few noteworthy statistics for this occasion:

    To commemorate and celebrate the contributions to our nation made by people of African descent, American historian Carter G. Woodson established Black History Week. The first celebration occurred on Feb. 12, 1926. For many years, the second week of February was set aside for this celebration to coincide with the birthdays of abolitionist/editor Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. In 1976, as part of the nation’s bicentennial, the week was expanded into Black History Month. Each year, U. S. presidents proclaim February as National African-American History Month.

    40.7 million
    As of July 1, 2007, the estimated population of black residents in the United States, including those of more than one race. They made up 13.5 percent of the total U.S. population.

    65.7 million
    The projected black population of the United States (including those of more than one race) for July 1, 2050. On that date, according to the projection, blacks would constitute 15 percent of the nation’s total population.

    38%
    Percentage of Mississippi’s population that is black, highest of any state. Blacks also make up more than a quarter of the population in Louisiana (32%), Georgia (31%), Maryland (30%), South Carolina (29%) and Alabama (27%). They comprise 56% of the population in the District of Columbia.

    2.4 million
    Number of single-race black military veterans in the United States in 2007. More military veterans are black than any other minority group.

    19%
    Percentage of single-race blacks 25 and older who had a bachelor’s degree or higher in 2007.

    1.2 million
    Among single-race blacks 25 and older, the number who had an advanced degree in 2007 (e.g., master’s, doctorate, medical or law). In 1997, 717,000 blacks had this level of education.

    $88.6 billion
    Revenues for black-owned businesses in 2002. The number of black-owned businesses totaled nearly 1.2 million in 2002. Black-owned firms accounted for 5 percent of all non-farm businesses in the United States.

    $33,916
    The annual median income of single-race black households in 2007, up from $32,876 (in 2007 constant dollars) in 2006.

    24.5%
    Poverty rate in 2007 for single-race blacks, statistically unchanged from 2006.

    64.5%
    Percentage of families among households with a single-race black householder. There were 8.5 million black family households.

    46%
    Nationally, the percentage of households with a householder who is single-race black who lived in owner-occupied homes. The rate was higher in certain states, such as Mississippi, where it reached 59%.

    27%
    The percentage of single-race blacks 16 and older who work in management, professional and related occupations. There are 49,730 black physicians and surgeons, 70,620 postsecondary teachers, 49,050 lawyers, and 57,720 chief executives.
    source http://www.Asia.Nation.org

    #22296
    NdibassaNdibassa
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    Abaddugavu baayita mu bingi okuytuuka kati webali balwanira justice nandibadde tebagirina mu bujjuvu naye era kati balina obwogerero naye nga kiva mu kwewaayo wano twegayirira balal nti banange Abaganda batutta batugoba munsi yaffe banyaga ettaka lyaffe balimalawo , mujje tubeeko kyetweteseza nga ofunayo abakugamnba nti sifuna biseera.
    Awo bijja kulabika nga ne bijja byo babisenze kuba naawe bwolituuka okukuba enduulo nga naawe bakutunulira kyamuli nge essalambwa erye nsenke , kuba tewayagala kukolera wamu banno bwebakuba omulanga.

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    OmumbejjaOmumbejja
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    Life Without Black People

    A very humorous and revealing story is told about a group of white people who
    were fed up with African Americans, so they joined together and wished
    themselves away. They passed through a deep dark tunnel and emerged in sort of a

    twilight zone where there is an America without black people.
    At first these white people breathed a sigh of relief.

    ‘At last’, they said, ‘no more crime, drugs, violence and welfare.’

    All of the blacks have gone! Then suddenly, reality set in. The ‘NEW AMERICA‘is

    not America at all – only a barren land.

    1. There are very few crops that have flourished because the nation was built on a slave -supported system.

    2. There are no cities with tall skyscrapers because Alexander Mils, a black man

    invented the elevator, and without it, one finds great difficulty reaching higher floors

    3. There are few if any cars because Richard Spikes, a black man,

    >invented the automatic gearshift
    ,
    Joseph Gambol, also black, invented

    the Super Charge System for Internal Combustion Engines, and

    Garrett A. Morgan, a black
    man, invented the traffic signals.

    4. Furthermore, one could not use the rapid transit system because its procurer
    was the electric trolley, which was invented by another black man, Albert Robison.

    5. Even if there were streets on which cars and
    a rapid transit system could
    operate, they were cluttered with paper because an African American, Charles Brooks

    invented the street sweeper..

    6. There were few if any newspapers, magazines and books because John Love
    invented the pencil sharpener, William Purveys invented the fountain pen,

    Lee Barrage invented the Type Writing Machine

    W. A. Love invented the
    Advanced Printing Press.

    They were all, you guessed it, Black.

    7. Even if Americans could write their letters, articles and books, they would
    not have been transported by mail because William Barry invented the Postmarking and Canceling Machine,

    William Purveys invented the Hand Stamp
    Philip Downing invented the Letter Drop.
    8. The lawns were brown and wilted because

    Joseph Smith invented the Lawn Sprinkler

    John Burr the Lawn Mower.

    9. When they entered their homes, they found them to be poorly
    >ventilated and poorly heated. You see, Frederick Jones invented the Air Conditioner

    Alice Parker the Heating Furnace. Their homes were also dim.

    But of course, Lewis Lattimer later invented the Electric Lamp,

    Michael Harvey invented the lantern,

    Granville T. Woods invented the Automatic Cut off Switch

    Their homes were also filthy because Thomas W. Steward invented the Mop

    Lloyd P. Ray invented the Dust Pan.

    10. Their children met them at the door – barefooted, shabby, motley and unkept

    . But what could one expect? Jan E. Matzelinger invented the Shoe Lasting Machine,

    Walter Sammons invented the Comb,

    Sarah Boone invented the Ironing Board,

    George T. Samon invented the Clothes Dryer.

    11. Finally, they were resigned to at least have dinner amidst all of this turmoil

    But here again, the food had spoiled because another Black Man, John Standard
    invented the refrigerator…

    Now, isn’t that something? What would this country be like without the
    contributions of Blacks, as African-Americans?

    Martin Luther King, Jr. said, ‘by the time we leave for work, millions of
    Americans have depended on the inventions from the minds of Blacks.


    Black history includes more than just slavery, Frederick Douglass, Martin
    >
    > Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and Marcus Garvey & W.E.B. Dubois.

    PLEASE SHARE, ABUNDANTLY

    #26143
    MachatiMachati
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    Mumbejja I can’t thank you enough for this piece. I will send a link to a few blacks I know who need a boost in their self-esteem.

    #26145
    NdibassaNdibassa
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    Kirungi abantu abakoze ebintu byaabwe nebamanyika buli wamu kubanga okunyooma kubadde kungi olwa langi enzirugavu nga buli aveeri alowooza nti buli kyonna ekikolebwa ateekwa kuba mweeru ,songa abasookawo bebewesezaanga ebyokulwanyisa byaabwe, bebezimbiranga enyumba empangaazi era bebeyiyiza engoye ezo kwambala , buli kalonda yenna gwebasangako obwongo.

    Abaddugavu lwakutuyiwamu ndwadde ntabule tabule, tulina eddagala eryawonyanga nawokeera we ndwadde ezitali zimu ngojeeko nti Abaganda bakitwaala ku daala erya waggulu oli nakugamba nti linda nga ka ndabiriza Bazaana kaaka oteeke eddiba mu kifo gundi otuleko nkuyunge era esaawa bweyatukanga nga omuntu awulira bamuyunga era namala nawona
    ekyo ani asobola okukivuganya .
    Lwakumalako muddugavu mirembe naye obwongo bwesera

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