MAIN Education Black History Month
2017 addresses a growing crisis in the US
where lack of resources for education
often results in a racial achievement gap.
Each year beginning on February 1, an entire month of events are planned nationwide honoring the history and contributions of African Americans.
The theme for Black History Month in 2017 is "The Crisis in Black Education" addressing especially the needs of black urban youth in public schools who lack resources and endure overcrowding that results in a stark racial achievement gap.
Today, the black education gap is endemic to the wider crisis happening within most of the American public school system. Nationwide, education budgets are being slashed while privatization threatens a corporate takeover of schools -- all within a culture that dictates that teachers be paid a fraction of a professional athlete.
Tragically, the socio-economic factors that continue to divide the nation often result in poorly performing schools "that serve as pipelines to prison for youths," say organizers.
Therefore, education "should be considered one of the most important goals in America’s past, present, and future."
All about Black History Month
Black History Month first originated as part of an initiative by writer and educator Dr. Carter G. Woodson who launched Negro History Week in 1926.
Woodson proclaimed that Negro History Week should always occur in the second week of February — between the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln.
Since 1976, every American president has proclaimed February as Black History Month. Today, other countries such as Canada and the United Kingdom also devote an entire month to celebrating black history.
The Web is a great place to find out more about that history — in poetry, literature, the arts, sciences, sports and entertainment — making Black History Month a time of fun, celebration, and learning:
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