Black History Month- W.E.B DuBois

    -February 23, 1868- August 27, 1963 -American sociologist, the most important black protest leader in the United States during the first half of the 20th century. -For more than a decade he devoted himself to sociological investigations of blacks in America, producing 16 research monographs published between 1897 and 1914 at Atlanta (Georgia) University, where he was a professor, as well as The Philadelphia Negro; A Social Study (1899), the first case study of a black community in the United States. -He was ... [read more]

Black History Month- Nat Turner

  -October 2, 1800- November 11, 1831 -Leader of a slave insurrection. -Sold three times in his childhood and hired out to John Travis (1820s), he became a fiery preacher and leader of African-American slaves on Benjamin Turner's plantation and in his Southampton County neighborhood, claiming that he was chosen by God to lead them from bondage. -Believing in signs and hearing divine voices, Turner was convinced by an eclipse of the Sun (1831) that the time to rise up had come, and he enlisted the help of four other slaves ... [read more]

Black History Month- Rosa Parks

  -February 4, 1913- October 24, 2005 -Named "The Mother of the Modern-Day Civil Rights Movement" - Most historians date the beginning of the modern civil rights movement in the United States to December 1, 1955. -That was the day when an unknown seamstress in Montgomery, Alabama refused to give up her bus seat to a white passenger. This brave woman, Rosa Parks, was arrested and fined for violating a city ordinance, but her lonely act of defiance began a movement that ended legal segregation in America, and made her an ... [read more]

Black History Month Featuring Marcus Garvey

  -August 17, 1887- June 10, 1940 -An orator for the Black Nationalism and Pan-Africanism movements, to which end he founded the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League. -He advanced a Pan-African philosophy which inspired a global mass movement, known as Garveyism. Garveyism would eventually inspire others, from the Nation of Islam to the Rastafari movement. -In the United States he launched several businesses to promote a separate black nation. -After he was convicted of mail fraud and ... [read more]

Black History Month- George Washington Carver

    -July 12, 1864- January 5, 1943 -Carver's reputation is based on his research into and promotion of alternative crops to cotton, such as peanuts, soybeans and sweet potatoes, which also aided nutrition for farm families. -He wanted poor farmers to grow alternative crops both as a source of their own food and as a source of other products to improve their quality of life. -The most popular of his 44 practical bulletins for farmers contained 105 food recipes using peanuts. -He also developed and promoted about ... [read more]

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