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February 2015 - What's Happening @ LWLC : Black History Month

LWLC Black History Month Film Series

In the Levi Watkins Learning Center during Black History Month (Feb.), the following films will be shown on the 5th floor, beginning at 4 p.m.:
The films will be  
Tuesday, Feb. 3 -  "Sisters of Selma"
Tuesday, Feb. 10 - "Adam Clayton Powell"
Tuesday, Feb. 17  -   "Carmen & Geoffrey"
Tuesday, Feb. 24  -  "The March"
All films are free and open to the public.
Information provided by LKH

ASU Black History Month Convocation

Alabama State University Black History Month Convocation

Feburary 11, 2015 2:30 p.m. Ralph D. Abernathy Auditorium

Keynote Speaker: Ms. Carla Harris

Ms. Harris works at Morgan Stanley as Vice-Chairman, Global Wealth Management, Managing Director and Senior Client Advisor. She is also an author and singer. Additional information can be found via the ASU site's news article or Ms. Harris's website.

image supplied by Ms. Harris' website (original ASU image no longer available)/ text by NF

Why is February Black History Month?

Black History Month started as Negro History Week (second week of February) in 1926 by Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History. Over the decades, this week was endorsed as a holiday.

The first proposal for a whole month was by the Black United Students at Kent State University in 1969. The first celebration of Black History Month was in 1970. Black History Month was federally recognized in 1976 by President Gerald Ford as part of the United States Bicentennial.

Each year has a theme; 2015's theme is A Century of Black Life, History and Culture.

 Some sites for further information about Black History Month:

African American History Month (Library of Congress) - Information about African American-related projects and resources. 

Smithsonian Education - Events in Washington D.C. and New York City, educator resources, and an African American Cultural Heritage Virtual Tour are some of the items available on this site.






Books & E-books

Some books and e-books in our collection related to the breadth of African-American history and  culture include (selections: NF) :

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