Shining a Light on Black History: 2022 Online Learning Experience

Black History Month commemorates the contributions and achievements of African-Americans in United States history.

Black History is an integral part of U.S. history. The challenge remains to share an accurate account of African-Americans’ struggles, achievements, and contributions within the education system and American society. We can advance to include a precise accounting of diverse peoples’ histories integrated year-long within educational curricula.

Dr. Carter Godwin Woodson Dr. Carter Godwin Woodson However, until then, Black History Month and other months dedicated to highlighting the significant and impactful contributions of diverse groups of people need to remain a focus. As the song goes, “One day when the glory comes… it will be ours,” and we shall see the relevancy of Black History as everyone’s history!

Dr. Carter Godwin Woodson (Dec. 29, 1875-April 3, 1950) was an author, historian, journalist, and originator of the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History. He is known as the “Father of Black History” due to his tireless scholarly work in the field of Black studies and his influential book, “The Mis-Education of the Negro.”

Watch this video to learn more about Dr. Woodson’s legacy

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Celebrating Black History Month: Schedule of Events

In honor of African-Americans’ struggles, achievements, and contributions in U.S. history, Carthage is shining a light through an online learning experience of educational websites, podcasts, virtual tours, and trivia games based on different African-American themes each week during February.

  • Feb. 1-7: Explore — Learn about history by virtually exploring African American museums.
  • Feb. 8-14: Immerse Yourself — Immerse yourself in African-American creative expression through art, music, dance, poetry, plays, photography, and more.
  • Feb. 15 -21: Discover — See the advancements African American inventors and innovators made through their discoveries and inventions.
  • Feb. 22-28: Study — Study anti-racism influencers, abolitionists, and activists.

Win Prizes with Black History Month Trivia!

Students will answer trivia questions about each weekly theme. Each Friday starting at noon, the trivia link will go live. Students will have until 8 p.m to answer all ten questions correctly to be a grand prize winner!

The person who answers nine questions correctly wins 1st place, eight questions wins 2nd place, and seven questions wins 3rd place! Explore, immerse, discover, and study each week so you can be the grand prize winner.

Winners will receive an email and they will be able to retrieve their prize at the Intercultural Center in the Todd Wehr Center the following Monday from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Good luck!

It’s Trivia Time!

More Carthage events

Saturday, Feb. 26

Celebrating Black History Month: Groundbreaking Artists on the Air Broadcast by WGTD
Noon, WGTD Radio
This airing will showcase the Met’s most revered African American stars, including Marian Anderson, who broke the Met’s color barrier in 1955, and others from the next three decades, including Martina Arroyo, Kathleen Battle, Reri Grist, Grace Bumbry, Leontyne Price, Jessye Norman, Shirley Verrett, George Shirley, and Simon Estes. 

Sunday, Feb. 27

Field Trip to the DuSable Museum of African American History
Bus leaves at 10:45 a.m., returns at 4 p.m.
Hosted by the Black Student Union. Limited spots available. Contact to reserve your spot or for more information.

February 22-28: Study anti-racism influencers, abolitionists, & activists

Jerald Mast Professor Jerald Mast talks about the history of African-American enfranchisement from the United States’ founding to the present day. 

Watch Prof. Mast’s video

Learn more about the Abolitionists & Activists who’ve made a difference

Previous weeks & More Resources

Jojin Van Winkle Professor Jojin Van Winkle discusses the impact and contributions Black Americans have made to the arts.

Watch Prof. Van Winkle’s video

Immerse yourself in African-American Creative Expressions

Cinema & Videos
Culinary Arts

Anti-Racism Books & Resources at Hedberg Library

Carol Sabbar, director of library and instructional technology services, explains the importance of reading about anti-racism and shares books and other resources for you to use to learn more. 

Watch Carol’s video


Michele Hancock
Vice President of College Culture for Inclusion
Office of Equity and Inclusion