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Black History Month 2008

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  • Mark Askew
    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
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      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
      your family.

      Monthly Observances:

      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.
      See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Family_reunion

      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.

      Story Telling
      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

      Genealogy Tours
      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.

      Genealogy Presentations
      A Presentation of historic documents and vintage artifacts that
      identify timelines, economic status, historic events and locations
      of ancestors.

      Family Reunion Keepsake Booklets
      Make a Family Reunion Booklet with an emphasis on black history
      contributions. See more about family reunion booklets at
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