The African History evolved throughout the 20th century where an increasing number of white historians working in the field ( Holt & Brown, 2000). However, there were numerous areas in which work needed to be done. Therefore white historians entered the field to share the work. One of them published the first extensive study of slavery.
On Wednesday, I had the luxury of going to the National Museum of African American History and Culture. It was a beautiful sight to see. There were endless amount of exhibits that represented African American history of our music, dance, historians, and food. I felt like I was walking down memory lane through the parts of the museum that shed light on the injustices and segregation we went through in the 1940s. I must admit there 's a lot of things we had accomplished since my days, but I still see discrimination against our race that we must still fight against to fully experience the American dream of freedom.
Martian Luther King Jr. Martian Luther King Jr. gave a speech about freedom and if he didn’t the world would be really bad with all of the discriminating. In 1955 he was involved in the boycott in Montgomery. He also provided leadership to the African-American civil rights movement. He also won the Nobel Piece Prize, which was probably a very big accomplishment for him.
Jackie Robinson is known to be one of the most influential people in baseball and in society. He eternally changed the aspect of American history. It was unusual to have a colored person be treated equally as a white person during the time of the 1900s. He was born in Cairo, Georgia in 1919 and later moved to Pasadena, California to pursue a better life. He came from a poor family of sharecroppers in the South and was the youngest of five.
At the preface event held on Wednesday in the URC, the speaker, Dr. Cassandra Jones gave a presentation about the importance of African American Studies. Dr. Jones is the director of the African American Studies department here at Upstate and she had a rather interesting approach to the topic of “Why African American Studies Are Important?” Early on in her presentation she gave everyone in attendance five minutes to discuss and list three African American scientist, three African American politicians, and three African American authors. After completing the task Dr. Jones asked if anyone listed all nine. In a room filled with people, not one person raised their hand.
Blues, Jazz, and Barbeque Black History Month Celebration On February 2nd, the Rubenstein pavilion of Palm Beach State College’s Eissey Campus was home to a jazz concert in celebration of Black History Month. The rich smell of barbeque permeated the air while students and faculty alike lined up for a taste of New Orleans pulled pork and baked beans. Rows of folding chairs facing the set began to fill with interested passersby and jazz enthusiasts. Indistinguishable chatter and the musical preparation of the band forbid even a moment of silence. In the time when music was not playing, the hosts of the event would share achievements in black history.
Jefferson School African American Heritage Center – You offer a great chance to inform people of African American history in Charlottesville without the sugar coating you find in schools. But you state that we are in a post-racial society, so how can we trust that you understand African American heritage if you don’t understand the present times. Do not tell me that we are “post-racial” just because the white man traded in ropes on trees for bullets in guns and the white hoods for blue uniforms. Do not tell me that we are “post-racia”l when the white man makes up 72% of drug users while the black man makes up 60% of drug prisoners. Do not tell me that we are “post-racial” until you explain why the black man does time for the white mans crime.
The development of America brought the introduction to new ideas, experiences and different cultures coming together. Both non-European and European groups of people traveled and settled into this new world to find new land to conquer or find salvation. Many of these groups faced hardships coming into this new world, as they soon learned their differences would define them. The British would be deemed superior to their religion, ethics, and skin color would dominate the perception of the “true” American. The Irish and African Americans were two groups that came to America in hopes for better opportunities and a life they could build without hardship.
Why is African American History so important? Why is American History important? Those are two important questions we should ask ourselves whenever questions like that are asked in the classroom, in the different political aspects, and most importantly in our homes with our children whom are ever so thirsty for knowledge and eager to grow. In my opinion African American History should be included into American History and no difference should be made, but we as human beings have not gotten that far in our lively hood and have separated the two.
African American Studies was a great experience. Has opened my eyes to my surrounding and the world around me. This course with Dr. Sheba Lo, was something out of me confront zone. I learned so many things from race to cultural to the importance aspect of African American. We are isolated to an environment that hide so much history that we all don’t think they are important to who we have become.
Professor George Lipsitz’s lecture was about the collective intelligence and gathered from centuries of struggle for black people in America and how it is key for Black survival and dignity. Black Studies can be applied to this topic through our exploration of these centuries of struggle, from the Atlantic slave trade to the Reconstruction period to the events in Flint, Michigan and Ferguson, Missouri which Professor Lipsitz highlights. Throughout these centuries we see various tactics and crises that contribute to the continued subjugation of black people, whether this was enslavement, lynching, or legislation. Black Studies also applies to Professor Lipsitz’s lecture through what we learned about notable people who resisted the endless cycle