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Do you know your Black History?

Every February, Black History Month celebrates and honors the struggle of millions of Americans and their contributions to the cultural life and politics of the United States of America. The origin of this celebration dates back to 1926 when Carter G. Woodson, an honored specialist and historian, chose the second week of February to celebrate the “Negro History Week”. This week also marked the anniversary of two men who greatly influenced the African-American population: Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln.

February also honors the contribution of all U.S. activists that participate in defending Human and universal rights for all people regardless of gender, income or color. In the 20th century, the Civil Rights Movement was mainly influenced by personalities like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, Malcolm X, Sojourner Truth, Marian Anderson, and Jackie Robinson. In the 21st century, the U.S. Civil Rights Movement experience has been expanded to all corners of the world and is now considered as a reference in the field of Human Rights. People like Kim Dae-Jung, Kofi Annan, Jimmy Carter, Shirin Ebadi, and Barack Obama have all received Nobel Prizes because of their contribution in the Human and Civil Rights struggle.

Racial prejudices and inequality are things that we still struggle with today all over the world. The period in American history between 1955 and 1968 was extremely important, and our society wouldn’t be what it is today without people who believed and continue to believe that their children and grandchildren can live in a fair world of equity and justice.

In this blog I have the honor to present a brief overview of the Civil Rights Movement and its founder Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a person that I admire and respect. I also invite you to join us and celebrate this memorable month through various activities on our campus. The schedule of events is listed below.

Civil Rights Movement:

The Civil Rights Movement was a non-violent movement initiated by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in order to obtain political rights for all American citizens. This movement has had a lasting influence on American society, influencing tactics employed by social movements, requiring the sustainable transformation of the status of American blacks fighting and public exposure of persistent racism in society, especially in the South.

The Man of Peace, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was widely considered the most influential leader of the American Civil Rights Movement. Dr. King is one of the highlights of the 20th century. He organized and directed many actions such as the Montgomery bus boycott to defend the right to vote, desegregation and employment of minorities. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is the youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Jimmy Carter in 1977, the Prize of United Nations Human Rights in 1978, the Congressional Gold Medal in 2004, and is considered one of the greatest orators in the United States. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a holiday celebrated in the United States.


Upcoming Events Calendar:


Tuesday, February 19  7:00 pm

Student Union – Room 2591

A night to honor the African-American women from the Toledo community.


Wednesday, February 20  7:30pm

Student Union – Ingman Room

Celebrating African American heritage events from the 20th and 21st Centuries!


African Maroons and Memory in Latin America

Thursday, February 21  Noon – 1:00pm

Student Union – Room 2579

Charles Beatty Medina, one of the nation’s leading scholars of African Maroons, discusses applicable contemporary lessons from the history of Maroons of Latin America.


Friday, February 22  7:00pm

Student Union Auditorium

You will not want to miss this event! Let’s see what’s new in the fashion world!

Tickets:                Advanced: $12.00

                                Door Tickets: $20.00

                                Runway Seats: $15.00

                                VIP Table of Eight: $120.00


Featuring: The Poet: Xplicit (sponsored by the Black Student Union) & Jazz Flute Player: Galen Abdur-Razzaq (sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Success)

Tuesday, February 26  7:00-10:00pm

Student Union – Ingman Room

Come and enjoy a night of poetry readings and jazz music!



African-American Civil Rights Movement (1955–1968). Retrieved February 19, 2013 from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civil_Rights_Movement_in_the_United_States

All Nobel Peace Prizes (2013). Nobelprize.org, Retrieved from: http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/

Ling, P. J. (2003). Martin Luther King’s Style of Leadership. BBC News, Retrieved from: http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/recent/martin_luther_king_01.shtml

Martin Luther King, Jr. Retrieved February 19, 2013 from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Luther_King,_Jr.

Origins of Black History Month, Retrieved February 19, 2013 from: http://www.history.com/topics/black-history-month

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It is my belief that students should seek diverse initiatives that will equip them to be change agents for the future. It is vital to step outside your comfort zone and unleash the potential that lies within yourself and within the world as you know it. This is your launch pad to "Explore your World."

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