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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Among the highlights: First African American Film Feast: This two-day festival offers movie screenings and panel discussions.
January 18, 1998 | EILEEN OGINTZ
Deborah Downs laid the old-fashioned broom across the floor and invited the giggling kids to jump over it. "Congratulations, you're now husband and wife," said Downs, the hip, young African American interpreter. She was trying to teach the children about African American family traditions, 18th century Williamsburg style. Whoever jumped the highest headed the household, Downs explained. Divorce was as simple as jumping backward over the broom.
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