In recognizing the humanity of our fellow beings, we pay ourselves the highest tribute ~Thurgood Marshall
The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) has announced that the theme for Black History Month 2018 is “African Americans in Times of War”. ASALH explains that the theme “commemorates the centennial of the end of the First World War in 1918, and explores the complex meanings and implications of this international struggle and its aftermath. The First World War was initially termed by many as ‘The Great War,’ ‘The War to End All Wars,’ and the war “to make the world safe for democracy….” The ASALH website offers much background on the theme and on Black History Month. (https://asalh.org/african-americans-in-times-of-war/)
Following is a small sampling of the vast resources for celebrating BHM nationally and at the state and local levels:
In honor of Black History Month Poets.org offers a great list of poems for children: https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/text/black-history-month-poems-kids. As always, spending quality time with the Poets.org website is a joy and an inspiration.
For a brief, informative history of African American Minnesotans, begin here: http://www.mnopedia.org/african-americans-minnesota
The Minnesota History Center has posted an excellent list of basic resources related to the history of African Americans in Minnesota, leaders, events, contributions and more. http://www.minnesotahistorycenter.org/events-programs/black-history-month
Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights produces complementary listing of related resources with a focus on the metro area. https://civilrightsminneapolis.wordpress.com/black-history-month/
The Minnesota Department of Human Rights publishes a helpful calendar of community events. https://mn.gov/mdhr/news-community/events-calendar/feb-events.jsp
Hennepin County Library offers a diverse calendar of events and activities – Details here: https://www.hclib.org/about/news/2018/january/black-history-month
Again this year Penumbra will sponsor a Race Workshop on Saturday, February 3. Details here: https://penumbratheatre.org/event/race-workshop-2/#1
Metro State University and East Side Freedom Library are joining forces to co-sponsor a series of films and discussions. Events will be held at alternate sites: Check website or FB for more information.
- February 1, 7 PM at Metro State Founders Hall. Amazing Grace
- February 3, 1 PM at ESFL – Sound of Torture, February 8, 7 PM at Metro State – North Star: Civil War Stories
- February 15, 7 PM at ESFL – Mother of George
- February 20, 7 PM at ESFL – An Outrage
These are simply examples of the rich learning resources we need to resist the surge of racist innuendo and misinformation engulfing our democracy. Keep a caring eye on FB posts, community newspapers, faith-based organizations, coffee shop bulletin boards and other likely sources to spot opportunities to learn and celebrate the stories that shape our communities and our nation. Please email events and ideas to be added to this post.
I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.”—Martin Luther King, Jr.
February 1 from the Library of Congress: https://blogs.loc.gov/loc/2018/02/african-american-history-month-happy-birthday-frederick-douglass/?loclr=ealocb
The Library of Congress makes available a series of podcasts entitled Slave Narratives, talks given at the the Library over the years. Listen online: http://www.loc.gov/podcasts/slavenarratives/index.html