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Black History Month: Home
Celebrating diversity and the African American culture...
My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together.
2021 Black History Month Theme
“Black Family: Representation, Identity and Diversity” explores the African diaspora, and the spread of Black families across the United States.
The mission of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH®) is to promote, research, preserve, interpret and disseminate information about Black life, history and culture to the global community.
"The Hill We Climb"
The Roots of Black Music in America with Karlus Trapp
It’s 2020, and we find ourselves still fighting the same injustices that a prior generation fought more than half a century ago. Why? If we really knew our history, we might understand. But it wasn’t taught. In our textbooks, the historic plight of Black people, from slavery to present — in America, in West Virginia, in Wheeling — was oversimplified, whitewashed or completely ignored. If there is to be the sea change we want and need so that future generations won’t still have to fight those same old injustices, we must face and accept the whole, unpleasant truth. And we must do so, now.
#BlackLivesMatter was founded in 2013 in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murderer. Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation, Inc. is a global organization in the US, UK, and Canada, whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes. By combating and countering acts of violence, creating space for Black imagination and innovation, and centering Black joy, we are winning immediate improvements in our lives.
Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. Also known as African American History Month, the event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month.
Renowned scholars Ibram X. Kendi, author of How to Be an Antiracist, and Keisha N. Blain, author of Set the World on Fire have assembled 90 extraordinary writers to document the four-hundred-year journey of African Americans from 1619 to the present. Entitled Four Hundred Souls, each contributor writes about a five-year period of 400 years of American history using essays, short stories, personal vignettes, and fiery polemics. An extraordinary, moderated discussion featuring editors Kendi and Blain will focus on historic eras such as Slavery, Reconstruction, Segregation, and their sustained impact on the United States.
A persona poem is written from the point of view of the person or object being written about.
Join NMAAHC Museum Specialist, Tulani Salahu-Din and international slam poetry champion, Anthony McPherson to explore the art of poetry and history. In this workshop, participants will look at examples of persona poems, and spend time composing an individual work inspired by the life of Phillis Wheatley.
No experience necessary. Registration is required as space is limited.
As our community continues to support our Black neighbors by condemning institutional racism and advocating for positive change, many wonder how they can do more. One way is to support small businesses owned by persons of color. Weelunk has compiled a list of Black-owned businesses ranging from hair salons to construction companies that you can support in the Wheeling area.
Editor’s note: The staff at Weelunk recognizes that our personal networks are limited, and likely to miss some of the important small businesses active in the Black community. We hope this list can grow and evolve. If you are or know of a Black-owned business we have missed, please email email@example.com.
In celebration of Black History Month, the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) and the Multicultural Association of Students in Healthcare (MASH) are organizing a talk series called "Reaching Back, Pull Forward: Miseducation in Education — Addressing the Inadequacy in Academia."
The lecture series is inspired by the events of the past summer (sweeping Black Lives Matter protests across the globe for the murder of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor) and an appeal for diversity, inclusion and equity in today's healthcare and educational setting.
20 Books to Read
Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams
In one of 2019's most talked about novels, a 25-year-old journalist in London attempts to recover from a terrible break up with her long-time boyfriend. But while on the path to finding happiness, road blocks, questionable decisions, and more-than-a-few problematic men get in her way.
Between the World and Meby Ta-Nehisi Coates
A 2015 winner of the National Book Award for non-fiction, the renowned journalist and writer pens a profound letter to his son about what it means to be Black in America in the 21st century—a place in which you struggle to overcome the historical trauma of your people while trying to find your own purpose in the world.
We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche
Adapted from her TEDx Talk of the same name, Adiche uses personal experiences and understanding of sexual politics to define what feminism means in the 21st century.
Kindred by Octavia Butler
In what is considered a literary masterpiece and Butler's most popular novel, Kindred follows a young Black woman named Dana. Though she lives in 1976 L.A., she's suddenly transported to a Civil War-era plantation in Maryland. Soon, the more frequently Dana travels back in time, the longer she stays, as she faces danger that threaten her life in the future.
Well-Read Black Girl by Glory Edim
Curated by the founder of the Well-Read Black Girl Book Club comes this collection of essays—all written by Black women writers—about the importance of representation in literature.
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
Written by a legendary writer, civil rights activist, and one of Oprah's greatest friends, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is an poetic memoir that captures Angelou's childhood struggles and the freedoms of her adulthood, which allowed her to find strength amidst despair.
How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X Kendi
In this acclaimed nonfiction work, racism scholar Ibrahim X. Kendi explains an array of antiracist ideas to his readers in order to help them understand the depth of discrimination in our society and how they can stand against it.
The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
In this New York Times bestseller, Alexander explains how the mass incarceration of Black people in the United States is today's version of the Jim Crow era.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Adapted into a 2018 film, this novel that made the National Book Award Longlist, tells the story of a teen named Starr Carter, who's the sole-witness to the fatal police shooting of her her childhood best friend. As the tragedy hits national news, her community becomes divided and Starr must decide whether to remain private or to become the public face of a movement.
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
Originally published in 1937 and set in Southern Florida, this story follows main character Janie Crawford on her quest to find independence throughout three different marriages.
Beloved by Toni Morrison
This Pulitzer Prize-winning novel is arguably Morrison's most well-known. It tells the story of Sethe, a former slave who escaped to Ohio in the 1870s—but despite her freedom, finds herself haunted by the trauma of her past.
Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin
As one of our country's great Black writers, Baldwin published a slew of books, short stories, and essays in his life time. In his first book, Go Tell It on the Mountain, he penned a semi-autobiographical story of a teen growing up in 1930s Harlem who struggles with self-identity as the stepson of a strict Pentecostal minister. Similarly, Baldwin was raised by a stepfather who served as a Baptist pastor.
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
Now thought of as essential reading in American literature, this novel won the National Book Award for Fiction in 1953. The Invisible Man is narrated by a nameless main character who details growing up in a Black Southern community. He's eventually expelled from college and then becomes a leader of a Black nationalist group.
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
The Color Purple tells the tale of Celie, a young woman growing up in poverty in segregated Georgia. Despite suffering hardship, Celie finds her way back to the ones she loves in a time-tested story.
Becoming by Michelle Obama
Officially the best-selling book of 2018, the former first lady tells all in what Oprah called a "vulnerable" memoir, in which she opens up about her marriage, life before and after the White House, and what she feels about our current president.
Dreams from My Father by Barack Obama
And now, the second Obama on this list. In his own best selling memoir, number 44 unloads the difficulties of being a biracial American, emphasized by the estranged relationship he had with his late father.
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
A Newberry Medal winning children's memoir, Woodson uses poetry to reveal what it was like to live as an African American in the '60s and '70s in the shadows of the Civil Rights Movement.
Answering the Call An Autobiography of the Modern Struggle to End Racial Discrimination in America by Nathaniel R. Jones
Answering the Call is an extraordinary eyewitness account from an unsung hero of the battle for racial equality in America—a battle that, far from ending with the great victories of the civil rights era, saw some of its signal achievements in the desegregation fights of the 1970s and its most notable setbacks in the affirmative action debates that continue into the present in Ferguson, Baltimore, and beyond.
Lift Every Voice The NAACP and the Making of the Civil Rights Movement by Patricia Sullivan
Lift Every Voice is a momentous history of the struggle for civil rights told through the stories of men and women who fought inescapable racial barriers in the North as well as the South—keeping the promise of democracy alive from the earliest days of the twentieth century to the triumphs of the 1950s and 1960s.
Thick And Other Essays Tressie McMillan Cottom
In eight highly praised treatises on beauty, media, money, and more, Tressie McMillan Cottom—award-winning professor and acclaimed author of Lower Ed—is unapologetically “thick”: deemed “thick where I should have been thin, more where I should have been less,” McMillan Cottom refuses to shy away from blending the personal with the political, from bringing her full self and voice to the fore of her analytical work.
The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members, a heart of grace and a soul generated by love. Coretta Scott King