Black History Month 2008
- Wow! What a month. January 2008 went out as quickly as it came. Like
an ice sickle falling off the rooftop. And speaking of ice sickles.
Don't forget to grab another bag of de-icer on the way home. Might
as well pick up some battery operated lamps. Oil lamps are very
useful as these generate both light and heat when electric power is
out. And speaking of rooftops. Check your roof for leaks when the
weather is mild and patch them up quick. Heat escapes from rooftop
leaks and raises your heating bill.
Did you get a chance to make a dent in your new goals for 2008? I
did. As part of a group that serves the community voluntarily I
managed to put in over 50 hours. In addition I'm preparing for many
events that promote family unity and good citizenship in March and
February is a great time to get up to speed regarding the years
monthly observances. It's a time to review how you will contribute
and support causes and principles that have much meaning to you and
February - Black History Month - See http://black-history.fimark.net
Black History Month is a remembrance of important people and events
in the history of the African Diaspora. It is celebrated annually in
the United States and Canada in the month of February, while in the
UK it is held in the month of October.
Black History Month was established in 1976 by African-Americans for
the Study of African-American Life and History. The month-long
celebration was an expansion of Negro History Week, which was
established in 1926 by Carter G. Woodson, director of what was then
known as the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History.
At first it was celebrated almost exclusively by African Americans,
taking place outside of the view of the wider society. Increasingly,
however, mayors and governors, especially in the North, began
endorsing Negro History Week and promoting interracial harmony. Now
Black History Month is a national observance. Families are encourage
to take advantage of a long effort to promote recognition of a rich
heritage, culture and resilient people.
Family Activities That Focus on Black History Month:
Join or form a Family History Society
Donate to your favorite black charity
Visit a black museum or art gallery
Write about your families contribution to black history
Read a grade level book regarding notable black achievements to your
Volunteer in some way to give back to the community
Visit sites that focus on contributions from African Americans
Other Monthly Observances
May 12 to June 16 - "Family Reunion Month"
July - National Family Reunion Month
November - Named November as "Family Reunion Planning Month
November 21-24 as "Family Reunion Planning Week.
African American Family Reunion Activities
Want to make your family reunion more a historic appeal. Add one or
more of the following activities to your family reunion program:
Historic Skits Reenactments
Highlight pivotal points in a family's history. Participants are
introduced to the art of developing a timeline as well as period
research with a focus on costume design, customs, dialogue and
social, economic and technological developments.
A fascinating art that brings to life tales of ancestors and their
accomplishments. Along with stories of legends of the past, life
lessons are taught. The meaning behind family traditions are shared
while relaying important family history factoids and the ties that
Take the family on an exciting tour of important genealogical hot
spots including the family homestead, the towns in which the family
settled, the jobs they held, machines they worked, markets they
traded and streets they walked as well as social activities they
immersed themselves into.
A Presentation of historic documents and vintage artifacts that
identify timelines, economic status, historic events and locations
Family Reunion Keepsake Booklets
Make a Family Reunion Booklet with an emphasis on black history
contributions. See more about family reunion booklets at