Wednesday, February 03, 2010

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February: Black History Month
Association for the Study of African American Life and History

2010 Black History Theme:
The History of Black Economic Empowerment
Celebrating the Centennial Anniversary of the National Urban League

When Carter G. Woodson established Negro History week in 1926, he realized the importance of providing a theme to focus the attention of the public. The intention has never been to dictate or limit the exploration of the Black experience, but to bring to the public's attention important developments that merit emphasis.

For those interested in the study of identity and ideology, an exploration of ASALH's Black History themes is itself instructive. Over the years, the themes reflect changes in how people of African descent in the United States have viewed themselves, the influence of social movements on racial ideologies, and the aspirations of the black community.

The changes notwithstanding, the list reveals an overarching continuity in ASALH--our dedication to exploring historical issues of importance to people of African descent and race relations in America.
Daryl Michael Scott, Howard University

2010 National African American Read-In
Sponsored by the Black Caucus of NCTE and the National Council of Teachers of English

In February 2010, hold an African American Read-In Event

Schools, churches, libraries, bookstores, community and professional organizations, and interested citizens are urged to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month by hosting and coordinating Read-Ins in their communities. Hosting a Read-In can be as simple as bringing together friends to share a book, or as elaborate as arranging public readings and media presentations that feature professional African American writers.

To be counted as participants, simply:
•Select books authored by African Americans; and
•Report your results by submitting the 2010 African American Read-In Report Card.

The Making of African America: The Four Great Migrations
Ira Berlin – Viking, 2010
973.0496 BERLIN

Traveling the Freedom Road: From Slavery & the Civil War Through Reconstruction Linda Barrett Osborne – Abrams, 2009
J 973.7 OSBOR

The Harlem Renaissance: An Explosion of African-American Culture
Richard Worth – Enslow, 2009
J 810.9 WORTH

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