While we celebrate the advances made by the civil rights movement in our country during Black History Month, worldwide civil liberties are on the decline. Independent watchdog group, Freedom House, stated in its Freedom in the World 2014 report that the state of freedom around the globe has declined for the eighth consecutive year. The erosion of civil liberties has been fueled by events that include the military coup in Egypt, the growth of authoritarianism in Venezuela and oppression in Russia. Read more
Since 1986, the U.S. federal government has observed a national holiday in honor of Martin Luther King Jr., the civil rights activist whose nonviolent message and words of hope helped to create a vision for a future of racial equality. Martin Luther King Jr. also advocated for social change and justice, and a great number of people list him among their heroes. In 2011, the Martin Luther King Memorial monument was erected on the Washington National Mall.
Since their establishment, some have wondered: does a holiday or a monument honor King’s legacy, or undermine his message by normalizing it? And just how do people identify heroes? Read more
Now well into America’s annual February celebration of Black History Month, we used our trusty online research tool, Questia, to help gather a top 10 list of facts about Black History Month. Some of these facts may be more widely known than others. Just how much do you know about Black History Month?
Here’s our top 10 list:
- Carter G. Woodson founded Black History Month in 1926 to highlight the often overlooked role that African Americans played in both American and world history. Woodson went on to be the second African American to receive a Harvard degree. He went down in history as famous for his African American quotes which continue to be widely used in speeches. Read more