February is African-American History Month, or as it is commonly referred to, #BlackHistoryMonth. This year's theme is "The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity."
Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of blacks in U.S. history. Also known as African American History Month, the event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating black history.
35 Books for Black History Month:
Famous African Americans
The Bushy Park Buddy Helpers have provided the following content on famous African Americans.
Garrett A. Morgan was an African-American inventor, businessman, and community leader. His most notable inventions were a three-position traffic signal and a smoke hood (a predecessor to the gas mask) notably used in a 1916 tunnel construction disaster rescue.
Chadwick Boseman was a famous actor that who played in such movies as Black Panther, 42, 21 Bridges, Da 5 bloods and Marshall. He also directed Blood Over a Broken Pawn.
Jackie Robinson was an American professional baseball player who became the first African American to play in Major League Baseball (MLB) in the modern era. Robinson broke the baseball color line when he started at first base for the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947.
Ruby Bridges is a famous civil rights activist. She was the first student to desegregate an all-white elementary school in New Orleans. Ruby Bridges was only six when she attended William Frantz Elementary School. She currently helps to fight racism and chairs the Ruby Bridges Foundation.
Lonnie Johnson an American inventor, aerospace engineer, and entrepreneur. He was part of the U.S. Air Force and served 12 years with NASA. He invented the Nerf Gun and Super Soaker.
LeBron James is a pro basketball player. He is one of the greatest basketball players of all time. He is one of the greatest NBA players in history and has been compared to Michael Jordan. He played for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat and Los Angeles Lakers. He is the only player in NBA history to have won NBA Championships with three franchises as a Finals MVP.
African-American History Month (AAHM) https://africanamericanhistorymonth.gov
AAHM For Teachers https://africanamericanhistorymonth.gov/for-teachers/
National Museum of African American History & Culture https://nmaahc.si.edu
Credits: Special thanks to the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee.