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February 16, 1989 | FRANK HARRIS III, Frank Harris III is a writer who lives in West Haven, Conn.
I have always been curious about black history. Curious about the people who moved in life while I was yet a whisper in the womb. But that curiosity, that quest for knowledge about the black people before me, extended beyond the general knowledge of great black figures like Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, Martin Luther King and other historical figures who symbolized the struggle of blacks in America.
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February 23, 1995 | LAURIE K. SCHENDEN
Celebrations honoring Black History Month are popping up all over town, from the artistic to the enlightening to the just plain fun. A sample of this weekend's offerings: "The Afrikans Are Coming," a cultural extravaganza with a taste of African food, crafts and entertainment at 6 p.m. At 8 p.m., performances begin with the Zadonu African Music and Dance Co., the Kiyira Ensemble and others. The event takes place at Veterans Auditorium, 4117 Overland Ave., Culver City.
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February 21, 2014 | Sandy Banks
Sixty years ago, the Wilfandel House in the West Adams district was a hub of high society for black Los Angeles. Back then, Negroes couldn't book rooms in posh hotels or upscale party venues. So the wives of dozens of successful black men formed a club and purchased a home in what then was one of the city's wealthiest neighborhoods. "Everybody who was anybody who lived in L.A. or came through town was entertained at the Wilfandel," recalled Heilindia Brown, a former club president.
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February 2, 1992 | Judy Sampson, a teacher at Sierra Intermediate School and an adviser at Tustin High School, prepared a 59-question quiz on black history for her students. Here are some sample questions, along with Sampson's introduction to the quiz:
From the jazz clubs of Bourbon Street to the far reaches of outer space, black Americans have made stunning contributions to American life. From science literature to medicine to music, from the winning of wars to the winning of the West, from prizefights to the Nobel Peace Prize, black Americans have been involved. There is no aspect of American life that has not been touched by the achievement of black Americans. The history of black Americans is the history of all Americans.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 2, 2001
A variety of area events, from entertainment to rallies to a "teach-in," are planned to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Black History Month. These include: * An audio presentation of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech will be presented at noon Tuesday in Glendale Community College's Plaza Vaquero, 1500 N. Verdugo Road. * Students, faculty and staff at Cal State Northridge, 18111 Nordhoff St.
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February 22, 2001 | STEVE CARNEY, stevecarney@journalist.com
In 1990 Charles Isbell, then a graduate student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, got fed up with some of the static on the African American culture Usenet group that he used to enjoy. "There were a lot of problems with noise--people coming in and saying mean things and starting flame wars," said Isbell, now 32. "I decided I wouldn't participate." Instead, he bought a black history calendar and began posting historical tidbits on the Internet himself, starting Jan. 1, 1991.
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February 3, 2000 | ROBIN RAUZI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The history of Black History Month starts with Carter G. Woodson, founder of the Assn. for the Study of African American Life and History. He got the idea for a weeklong event in 1926. After 50 years, the observance was expanded to all of February, which Woodson chose because the month contained the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln, who signed the Emancipation Proclamation that ended slavery in America, and Frederick Douglass, the abolitionist and 19th century civil rights leader.
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February 2, 2003
Many cities around the U.S. celebrate February as Black History Month, but the nation's capital really pulls out the stops. There are more than 20 exhibits, workshops and other events and, new this year, a festival of African American film. For a schedule and other details, log on to www.dcheritage.org. Among the highlights: First African American Film Feast: This two-day festival offers movie screenings and panel discussions.
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