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Famous places  in Black American culture
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."

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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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Top 20 Quotes for Black History Month

Black History Month Quotes
Words of inspiration, wisdom and wit from some of the most well known African American authors, poets, sports and political figures combine an outpouring of pride with hope and anger in expressions that capture the spirit of black history ....

How James Earl Jones Turned Fear Into Fame

James Earl Jones

Perhaps you know James Earl Jones as the voice of Star War’s Darth Vader or as Mufasa in the Lion King. He has been laden with Tony, Emmy and Obie Awards. People look at him today and see a confident actor with a deep, resonant voice. The next time you see him, look deeper ....

African-American Spiritual Health & Healing

African American Spiritual Health and  Healing

People of color face stress in everyday life that can affect both physical and spiritual health. Taking care of others may be a part of the African-American cultural heritage that's been handed down through generations, but it just may be time to start taking care of yourself....

More about black history around the Web:


ipl2 - Black History Month - Check out a major starting point for exploring black history and culture on the Net with related links to museums, movies and theater, noted black women, Martin Luther King Day, the Amistad Revolt, general histories, timelines, and lots more.

History Channel - Black History Month - Great coverage with the complete TV schedule as well as online biographies, great speeches, video clips, Web exclusives, related resources.


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