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Black History & Culture Month: Seattle Colleges Black History Month Program

To Honor the Past; To Celebrate the Present: and Inspire the Future!

Putting History Back into Black History Month

2021 -- Keynote presentation by our beloved Dr. Dan Johnson from South Seattle College

  • Through discussions of current events, financial literacy forums, talent shows, dances, and ethic food fest, Black History Month forums have taken many forms over the years. These excellent and well-organized events are important however often fail to address Carter G. Woodson's initial purpose for the establishment of the initial "Negro History Week."
  • This presentation will provide historical content emphasizing the important contributions of African Americans throughout history while dispelling the countervailing perspective that contributions of African Americans to society were minimal. With an emphasis on material not included in the educational curriculum, this presentation is intended to provide the impetus for attendees to delve deeper into this rich African American History.

Dr. Johnson's presentation included many references to readings, people, events, and ideas.  Browse this compilation of resources shared by the beloved community.  And groove to the BHM Playlist curated by Dr. Chelsia Berry from Seattle Central College.

Resources from our librarians

Related Topic Guides

Recommendations from our community

Summing it up

Thanks to Taraji Belgacem for sharing this excerpt from the Feb 25, 2021 New York Times

Martha S. Jones of Johns Hopkins University says,  “There’s no question that history is and continues to be a battleground. The origin stories that we tell matter a great deal for where we set the bar and how we set the bar going forward. So when you talk about people like Carter G. Woodson, these are men who knew that if you don’t rewrite the history of Africans and people of African descent, if you don’t rewrite the history of the United States through the lens of Black history, if you don’t make that record and if you don’t make that case, there are [false] stories that will expand and go toward rationalizing and perpetuating racism, exclusion, marginalization and more.”