February marks the celebration of Black History Month, an event founded in 1926 by Carter G. Woodson. Woodson was a writer and historian who held much frustration and disappointment because literature at the time lacked the rich and important contributions of African-Americans and young students were not learning about African-American heritage in school.
Black History Week started in 1926 and recognized the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. Public institutions around the United States—primarily schools—were inspired by Woodson and started month-long celebrations of black Americans in the classroom, which continue to this day.
In 1976, America designated the month of February as Black History Month. Today, high school and college students can choose to study Black history, Chicano history or Filipino studies, but as we know, the freedom to learn cultural diversity didn't come without a fight. There was a time in American history when black students had to walk more than 20 miles away from their home to get an education that would help them train for a career or prepare for college.
For more than 100 years, San Diego Continuing Education (SDCE) has been rooted in making higher education and career training accessible for everyone, especially every immigrant, refugee and underserved population in San Diego. Thank you for your commitment to transform lives. African-American and black students represent 8% (roughly 3,200 students) of SDCE’s student population and we are honored by the vibrant culture these students bring to our classrooms.
As a higher education institution we must continue to celebrate social justice and cultural diversity because black history is American history. We must keep encouraging our students to write their stories, and we must teach them what they do not know about their rich heritage and ancestors. We must continue to recognize the unsung historical figures and modern day heroes who continue to excel at all areas in life despite hardships and obstacles.
This website introduces 50 African Americans Who Forever Changed Academia. Scholars and activists such as Cornell West, Nathan Hare, Maxine Smith and Fanny Jackson Coppin are history makers, indeed.
I encourage you to learn something new about black history this month, and join the upcoming events commemorating Black History Month at SDCE:
- February 8: Unsung Heroes of Civil Rights PresentationEducational Cultural Complex, Rooms 185&186, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.Mid-City Campus, Room 117, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
- February 14: Unsung Heroes of Black History (Presentation/Workshop)Educational Cultural Complex 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
- February 22: "Not Your Negroe" Movie Screening Educational Cultural Complex, Rooms 185&186, 12:30 to 2 p.m.