Black History Month, also known as African American History Month, is an annual observance in the United States and Canada that celebrates the contributions and achievements of black people throughout history. It takes place in February and was first established as “Negro History Week” in 1926 by Carter G. Woodson, a historian and scholar. The observance was expanded to a month-long celebration in 1976.
Black History Month is a special time of the year when we celebrate and learn about the amazing accomplishments and contributions of black people. It’s important because it helps us remember and appreciate the important role that black people have played in making the world a better place.
Just like how we celebrate birthdays to remember the special things that people have done and to say thank you for their contributions, Black History Month is a time to celebrate and thank black people for everything they have done to make our world a better place.
By learning about black history, we can better understand our past and be inspired to make a positive impact in the world today. We can learn about famous black leaders like Martin Luther King Jr., who fought for equality and peace, and amazing black inventors like George Washington Carver, who came up with new ways to use peanuts and sweet potatoes to help farmers.
Black History Month is important because it reminds us that everyone has something special to contribute to the world, no matter what their skin color or background is. By celebrating black history, we show that black lives matter and that their contributions are just as important as anyone else’s.
This year Drew and Livia decided to be
Solomon Sir Jones, Baptist minister, businessman, and amateur filmmaker. Jones was born in Tennessee to parents who had once been enslaved. He grew up in the South before moving to Oklahoma in 1889. Jones became an influential Baptist minister, building and pastoring fifteen churches. He was head of the Boyd Faction of Negro Baptists in America and was a successful businessman.
The Solomon Sir Jones films consist of 29 silent black and white films documenting African-American communities in Oklahoma from 1924 to 1928. The films measure 12,800 feet (355 min). All films are B-wind positive prints, except one roll that contains approximately 150 feet of orange base B-wind positive.
Jones filmed Oklahoma residents in their homes; during their social, school and church activities; in the businesses they owned; and performing various jobs. The films document several Oklahoma communities, including Muskogee, Okmulgee, Tulsa, Wewoka, Bristow and Taft. The films also document Jones’s trips to Indiana, Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee, Missouri, Illinois, New York City, South Carolina, Colorado, and overseas to France, England, Palestine, Switzerland, Italy, Northern Africa, and Germany. Slates between scenes identify locations, dates, and subjects.
Jones frequently filmed at various locations by positioning himself outside a building while people exited the building in a line. This perspective provides footage of people as they walk by the camera, usually looking directly at it. Footage of churches includes congregants exiting the service and socializing outside; footage of schools often includes students playing outside or doing exercises; and footage of people at their home includes them outside on their porches or in their yards. Aside from church and scheduled school activities, people presumably exited at Jones’s request for the purpose of being filmed by him. Info from Google.
Rosa Parks was an African American civil rights activist who is best known for her role in the Montgomery Bus Boycott. On December 1, 1955, Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white person, which was in violation of the city’s segregation laws. Her act of resistance and subsequent arrest sparked a boycott of the city’s buses, which lasted for over a year and brought national attention to the civil rights movement. Parks became an iconic figure in the fight for racial equality and is often referred to as the “Mother of the Freedom Movement.” She is celebrated during Black History Month for her bravery and for her contributions to the advancement of civil rights for African Americans. Info from Google.
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