Black History Month
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.
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.”
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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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot or for more information.
February 22-28: Study anti-racism influencers, abolitionists, & activists
Professor Jerald Mast talks about the history of African-American enfranchisement from the United States’ founding to the present day.
Learn more about the Abolitionists & Activists who’ve made a difference
- Read: “American Abolitionists and Anti-Slavery Activists”
- Watch video: “We Should Be Uncomfortable With The Hard Parts Of Our Past” with Nikole Hannah-Jones of the “The 1619 Project”
- Read about President Barack Obama
- Watch video “President Barack Obama’s Greatest Speeches”
- Read about Black abolitionists
- Read Dr. Ibram X. Kendi’s biography
- Read a biography of John Lewis
- Watch a preview of “Good Trouble,” a film about legendary U.S. Representative John Lewis’s life
- Watch video: “GMA surprises civil rights pioneer Annie Abrams with a street sign named after her”
- Read: “14 Racial Justice Activists and Authors You Should Know”
- Read: “16 queer black pioneers who made history”
- Read: “White Antiracists Activists: Teaching While White”
- Read about the Black Panther Party
- Read about Martin Luther King Jr.
- Watch Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream Speech”
- Read: “10 bell hooks Books to Read in Your Lifetime”
- Watch video: “Racism has a cost for everyone with Heather C. McGhee”
- Read about activist Angela Davis
- Read: “9 Black Activists Who Are Fighting Injustice in the U.S.”
- Read: “9 Anti-Racist Children’s Books to Teach Kids About Diversity”
- Read: “10 of the Most Influential African American in U.S. History”
- Read: “Gloria Ladson-Billings: Daring to Dream in Public”
- Read about Marsha “Pay It No Mind” Johnson
- Watch video: Just Mercy: Race and the Criminal Justice System with Bryan Stevenson
- Read article by Berkeley Professor Zeus Leonardo: “Who’s Afraid of Critical Race Theory (and What Exactly Is It, Anyway)?”
- Read a biography on Rev. Jesse Jackson
- Listen to Taharee Jackson’s podcast “Picking People’s Brains”
- Watch video: “Gholdy Muhammad: Rethinking Intervention”
- Watch video: “Cultivating Genius with Dr. Gholdy Muhammad”
- Watch video: “Cultural Criticism & Transformation with bell hooks”
- Watch video: “Belonging Through Connection with bell hooks & john a. powell”
- Listed to Bettina Love’s podcast “Teaching to Love”
- Listen to Bettina Love’s podcast “Teaching to Thrive”
- Listen to Eddie Moore Jr.’s podcast “Black Oxygen”
- Listen to Eddie Moore Jr.’s podcast “What Matters Most”
- Watch video: “Beyond the Words: MLK Reflection with Christopher Emdin”
- Read about Audre Lorde
- Listen to the “Race Forward” podcast
- Listen to “Miss Buchanan’s Period of Adjustment” podcast, the story behind the Brown vs. Board of Education decision
- Listen to WBEZ Chicago Podcast: “Making,” a bio-podcast series about how Black American icons were made
- Watch video: “Zeus Leonardo: Teaching Whiteness in a Multicultural Context”
- Listen to the “Following Harriet” podcast
- Watch Raoul Peck’s “I am Not Your Negro, Exterminate All the Brutes” on Kanopy
Previous weeks & More Resources
Professor Temple Burling speaks about the importance and significance of museums devoted to African American history in this short video.
Explore Museums Online
- Twelve of the Best Black History Museums
- America’s Black Holocaust Museum
- Wisconsin Black Historical Society
- International African American Museum
- The Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration
- National Museum of African American History and Culture (a Smithsonian Museum)
- The DuSable Museum of African American History
- Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (NY Public Library)
- The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
- International Civil Rights Center & Museum
- National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
- California African American Museum
- African American Museum in Philadelphia
- Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture
- Negro Leagues Baseball Museum
- Bronzeville Children’s Museum
- Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site Virtual Museum Exhibit
- National Voting Rights Museum and Institute
- African American Museum of Nassau County
- National Museum of African American Music
Professor Jojin Van Winkle discusses the impact and contributions Black Americans have made to the arts.
Immerse yourself in African-American Creative Expressions
- Read: “Black History Built: A Culture Shaped From Creativity & Innovation”
- Learn about the August Wilson African American Cultural Center
- Read: “Harlem Renaissance Art: Uncovering American Art” (National Gallery of Art)
- Read: “African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights, and Beyond” (Smithsonian American Art Museum)
- Learn about Question Bridge, an innovative transmedia project
- Watch video: “Faith Ringgold’s Art of Fearlessness and Joy”
- Watch video: “Edmonia Lewis! The First Woman Sculptor of Color”
- Read: “Kehinde Wiley and Amu Sherald, the first Black artists to paint first black presidential portraits”
- Read: “10 Black Artists You Should Know”
- See art by Nick Cave
- Learn about Theaster Gates
- Learn about the Rebuild Foundation
- See art by Rashid Johnson
- Read: “Rashid Johnson Has Plied His Status as an Art Star to Effect the Kinds of Change He Wants to See”
- See art by Martin Puryear
- Learn about Kara Walker Studio
- See art by Carrie Mae Weems
- Visit the AW Studio website (Art by Amanda Williams)
- Read: “30 Black Designers Who Shaped Fashion History”
- Learn about architect Allison Grace Williams
- Learn about architect Michael Marshall Design
- Watch video: Gordon Parks, famous photographer
- Learn about the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater
- Read: “African American Dancers and Where to Watch Them Famous Black Dancers”
- Read: “5 Iconic Black Artists Who Changed Dance History”
- Read: “7 Iconic Black Women Who Changed The Course Of Ballet History”
- Read: “Black History Month: Celebrating African American Choreographers and Dancer
- Learn about New York Live Arts — Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company
- Learn about poet Maya Angelou
- Watch video: Poet Amanda Gorman gives a TedTalk, “Using your Voice is a Political Choice”
- Read: “The Story of Phillis Wheatley, The First Published African-American Poet”
- Read: “10 Famous Black Poets”
- Read: “50 Notable Black Authors of the 21st Century”
- Read: “10 Black Authors to Read”
- Read: “Comicvine Black Artists and Writers”
- Read: “Black Comic Writers”
- Read: “Black Music History”
- Read: “What is Black Music?”
- Read: “12 Most Influential Black Musicians of All Time”
- Read: “The Story of Motown”
- Read: “The Roots and Impact of African American Blues Music”
- Read: “9 Black composers who changed the course of classical music history”
Cinema & Videos
- Watch: Find African American cinema on Kanopy
- Read: “9 Black Filmmaking Pioneers from the Earliest Days of Cinema”
- Learn about Ava DuVernay, writer, filmmaker, and producer
- Read: “50 Best Films By Black Directors”
- Read: “Top 20 Famous Black Actors of All Time”
- Read: “Top 50 Best Black Actresses of All Time”
- Read: “Here Are 11 Black Trans Entertainers Revolutionizing How We See Film And Television”
Professor Erin Weber discusses the inventions and innovations made by Black Americans.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTIONS MADE BY AFRICAN AMERICAN INVENTORS AND INNOVATORS
- Read: “100 Black Innovators in 10 Days: 10 Inventors”
- Watch video: “15 Inventions Created by African Americans Video”
- Read: “The Real Women of Hidden Figures”
- Watch video: “Black Inventors of the 20th and 21st Century”
- Watch video: “Say it Loud: Black People Made That!”
- Read: “Black Inventors Who Elevated the United States”
- Read: “10 Black Innovators & Technologists Who Helped Uplift History”
- Read: “Black Inventors and Innovators: New Perspectives”
- Visit website: Mathematically Gifted and Black
- Watch video: “Vaccine Q&A: Dr. Kizzmekia S. Corbett & Dr. Francis Collins”
- Read: “Kizzmekia Corbett, an African American woman, is praised as key scientist behind COVID-19 vaccine”
- Read: “14 Black Inventors You Probably Didn’t Know About”
- Read: “120 things you probably didn’t know were created by Black inventors”
- Read: “With Patents or Without, Black Inventors Reshaped American Industry”
- Read: “Lost Histories of African-American Inventors”
- Read: “9 Black Innovators Who Made a Huge Impact in Tech”
- Watch video: “Eureka Moments: Black Innovators Working Towards Advancing Health Equity”
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.