Presentation on theme: "Black History Month "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality tied in a single garment."— Presentation transcript:
"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly.“ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr http://www.mlkonline.net/speeches.html http://www.mlkonline.net/speeches.html "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly.“ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr http://www.mlkonline.net/speeches.html http://www.mlkonline.net/speeches.html
Introduction Black History Month was a month set aside to honor, learn and celebrate the achievements of Black men and women. We will take a look at some of the accomplishments of those men in women in this presentation. We will discuss some well known people such as: Martin Luther King, Jr Carter G Woodson Madame CJ Walker Frederick Douglas
Interesting Fact Black History Month began as “Negro History Week,” which was created in 1926 by Carter G. Woodson, It became a month-long celebration in 1976. The month of February was the month chosen for Black History Month because it coincided with the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. http://www.2020site.org/fun-facts/black-history- month-facts.html
Martin Luther King, Jr Martin Luther King, Jr was born on January 15, 1929, in Atlanta Georgia. King had a major impact on race relations in the United States, starting in the 1950’s. King played a major role in ending the legal segregation of African American citizens in the South and the nation. King became a civil rights activist early in his career. King led the Montgomery Bus Boycott, which was a protest against the policy of racial segregation on the public transit system in Montgomery, Alabama. King also helped to organize the March on Washington in 1963 this is where he delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech. King was assassinates on April 4 th in Memphis Tennessee. Martin Luther King Jr Day was established as a holiday in a number of cities in 1971 and as a U.S Federal holiday in 1986.
I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: 'We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.' I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood. I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice. I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today. I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification; one day right there in Alabama, little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers. I have a dream today I Have a Dream
Carter G Woodson Woodson was born in 1875 in New Canton, Virginia. Woodson was one of the first African American to receive a doctorate from Harvard. He lobbied schools and other organizations to participate in programs to encourage the study of African American history, this began as Negro History Week and started in February 1926. Later on this program was expanded to a month long and renamed Black History Month.
Madame CJ Walker Madame C.J. Walker was born December 3, 1867 as Sarah Breedlove. She was one of the first American women to become a self made millionaire. She suffered from a scalp condition that resulted in hair loss. She invented a line of African American hair care products in 1905. She travelled around the country giving demonstrations to promote her products. Walker also founded philanthropies such as the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the National Conference on Lynching, among other organizations, all geared towards improving the lives of African Americans.
Frederick Douglass Frederick Douglass was born into slavery, around 1818. The date and year of his birth is unknown, once he was older he chose to celebrate his birthday on February 14 th. He was an abolitionist leader and became one of the most famous intellectuals of his time. He advised presidents and lectured thousands regarding a number of causes some of which were women’s right and Irish home rule. Douglass wrote and published his first autobiography, called Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave, in 1845. The book was a bestseller in the U.S.
We Shall Overcome We Shall Overcome is a protest song that became the anthem of the African American Civil Rights Movement.
Conclusion Black History is still relevant today. Black History Month is still a guide for change and hope that is still needed in the world we live in today. While African Americans do not still wear the chains of slavery we are still not free. We need to understand the past to remind us how far we have come but also how far we still have to go.