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February marks the 39th government-recognized Black History Month. But the month-long celebration of a history that was once disregarded and suppressed didn’t originate during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and ‘60s. In fact, its origins date back to 1926, when a historian named Carter G. Woodson spearheaded “Negro History Week.” Before Carter G. Woodson became the “father of black history,” he witnessed it firsthand as the son of two former slaves. An enthusiastic and gifted student, Woodson was the second black American to receive a Ph.D. in history. But though he was interested in the history of…

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By Samantha Master | Feb. 28, 2017, 12:23 p.m.Category: African Americans, Planned Parenthood In 1926, historian and scholar Carter G. Woodson declared the second week in February Negro History Week in commemoration of the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. At the same time Woodson was declaring  the value and importance of Black Americans’ contributions to American society and culture, the U.S. was in the throes of reorganizing and reinforcing its racial caste system through legislative and physical violence including Jim Crow laws, the Tuskegee experiments, forced sterilization, and lynchings. In the face of unimaginable hatred and segregation, African Americans publicly and proudly declared the…

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Corinne S. Vaughn, a senior majoring in political science from Stockton, California, was crowned as Miss Southern University during coronation ceremonies Wednesday at the F.G. Clark Activity Center. Vaughn, who was elected the campus queen during student elections in the spring, will reign over the 2016 Homecoming activities, including Saturday’s parade which gets started at 8 a.m. SU’s Jaguars take on the Golden Lions from the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff in A.W. Mumford Stadium at 4 p.m. Saturday. Serving with the 86th Miss SU will be members of her Royal Court, also picked by the student body: Stephanie Hypolite, Miss…

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The Songwriters Hall of Fame’s ongoing mission is to preserve, honor and celebrate the legacy of the great songwriters whose work has enriched the world’s culture, while developing new writing talent through professional education, Master Sessions, workshops, showcases, scholarships and digital initiatives. Established in 1969, the Songwriters Hall of Fame honors those whose work represents a spectrum of the most beloved songs from the world’s popular music songbook. Songwriter Johnny Mercer and publishers Abe Olman and Howie Richmond who founded the organization wanted to shine the spotlight on the accomplishments of songwriters who have provided us with the words and…

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Mary Winston Jackson (April 9, 1921 – February 11, 2005) became National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), which later became National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)’s, first black female engineer in 1958. She grew up in Hampton, Virginia, where she graduated from the all-black George P. Phoenix Training School  She earned bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and physical science from Hampton Institute in 1942. She was also a member of the first sorority founded by and for African-American women, AKA’s. She was a girl scout leader for more than 30 years. She was for noted for helping black children in her community create a miniature wind tunnel for testing airplanes.  She started as a research mathematician, or computer, at…

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Exhibiting Companies Provide Sneak Peek at New Products and Services  (Alexandria, Virginia, US) – IAAPA Attractions Expo is the premier conference and trade show for the global attractions industry and the 2016 trade show floor will be the largest in the event’s 98-year history, surpassing the previous record of 568,800 square feet set in 2001. IAAPA Attractions Expo provides a platform for the industry’s newest, game-changing products to be announced, debuted, tested, tried, and purchased by influential global decision makers. The event takes place Nov. 14-18, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. More than 1,000 exhibiting companies,…

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 The History of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU’s) Cheyney University and Lincoln University, the two historically black colleges or universities in Pennsylvania. Their campuses are living, moving, thriving tributes to their culture-rich communities and the giftedness of the Diaspora. Each has educated and empowered students of African descent for more than a century and a half. Each has nurtured and fortified a talent pool of leaders and scholars, professionals and visionaries. And each vehemently claims the distinction of being the first HBCU. Rivalries between schools—particularly black schools—heighten the student experience and fuel alumni pride. Collegiate competitions have percolated because…

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Born on August 16, 1947, in Chicago, Illinois, Carol Moseley Braun was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1992, becoming the first black woman to earn that distinction. First Black Woman Elected to the Senate In 1992, Moseley Braun made the leap to the national political arena: She ran for a seat in the U.S. Senate, looking to unseat incumbent Democratic Senator Alan Dixon in the Democratic primary. Up against a seasoned politician who had spent decades in office, Moseley Braun appeared to be the underdog. But many responded to Moseley Braun as a chance for political change. She won…

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Angela Yvonne Davis (born January 26, 1944) is an American political activist, scholar, and author. She emerged as a prominent counterculture activist and radical in the 1960s as a leader of the Communist Party USA, and had close relations with the Black Panther Party through her involvement in the Civil Rights Movement. Her interests include prisoner rights; she founded Critical Resistance, an organization working to abolish the prison-industrial complex. She is a retired professor with the History of Consciousness Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a former director of the university’s Feminist Studies department. Davis was born…

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