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Let’s celebrate Black History Month

Black History Month was designed to educate people on the pain and suffering throughout history that Blacks encountered to receive equal rights and freedom. Americans have recognized Black History annually ever since 1926 when it was first known as “Negro History Week” and then converted to “Black History Month.” Although Blacks have been part of our country’s history since the colonial times, it was not until the 20th century that they received a respectable honor in the history books.

On the heels of an historic election, African-Americans have overcome devious and cunning methods to prevent their voices from being heard:

Poll taxes

Literacy tests

“Grandfather” clauses

Suppressive election procedures

Black codes and enforced segregation

Bizarre gerrymandering

White-only primaries

Physical intimidation and violence

Restrictive eligibility requirements

Rewriting of state constitutions

I am privileged to come from a lineage filled with strength and courage, proud to stand tall in the midst of history and look forward to a future filled with promise and change.

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Southern Horrors and Other Writings by Ida B. Wells

Southern Horrors coverSouthern Horrors and Other Writings by Ida B. Wells

It’s hard to overstate the courage of Ida B. Wells. She was one of the loudest – and loneliest – voices against the barbaric practice of lynching throughout the American South during Reconstruction. As one of the only writers to undertake a systematic study of the practice, she uncovered grotesque facts (the practice of lynch mobs keeping body parts of the lynched as “souvenirs”), common lies (the most common incitement to a lynching being the allegation of impropriety or sexual aggression against a white woman), and what she saw as the root cause: the expansion of black sufferage, black economic power, and black social mobility.

Anti-lynching certainly wasn’t Ida Wells’ only cause, but it was the one for which she gained the most notoriety, both in the United States and in Europe. It was also one of the darkest chapters in American history, one in which her voice was often the only voice speaking for the thousands of innocent men and women who were tortured and killed. Her writing is urgent, impassioned, and absolutely necessary.

- Phil Rollins, Learning Technologies Developer