The Best Black History Projects: Tours, Recipes, Study Materials, and Coloring Pages

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Why Black History?

First recognized as an event in 1915, Black History was celebrated at the 50th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. In 2012, we are just three years short of the Sesquicentennial of the proclamation that freed black slaves in America. The celebration grew into a month-long event that has continued to develop and gather events and opinions of all kinds.

February 2012 is not only Black History Month, but also Leap Month with 29 days, giving the nation another day to celebrate and learn about Black History. Each year the study becomes mre interesting as the National Geographic, Smithsonian, IBM Genographic Project indicate increasingly more closely how all races are related by DNA. There are some differences that look huge to us humans, but the the larger genetic scale, the percentages of differences are remotely tiny.

Television programs like Who Do You Think You Are? and broadcasts from National Geographic specialize in the surprises that genealogical seekers experience when they find their ancestors and current relatives they knew nothing about. I've been surprised and so have thousands of others, making a knowledge of ethnic histories necessary to the understanding of each of our backgrounds.

This Hub presents references to selected HubPages articles concerning Black History. I hope you, your families, and your children can benefit from them.

Historic Sites Around Detroit

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A marker33 Forest, Detroit -
33 E Forest Ave, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI 48201, USA
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B marker441 Monroe, Detroit -
441 Monroe St, Detroit, MI 48226, USA
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This is likely the last stop on the Underground Railroad before hurrying across the Detroit River by night.

C markerBrush Street, Detroit -
Brush St, Detroit, MI, USA
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D marker315 East Warren, Detroit -
315 Warren Ave E, Wayne State University, Merrill-Palmer Institute, Palmer Institute, Detroit, MI 48
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E marker2648 West Grand Boulevard, Detroit -
2648 W Grand Blvd, Detroit, MI 48208, USA
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F markerCass Avenue and Putnam Street, Detroit -
Cass Ave & Putnam St, Wayne State University, Merrill-Palmer Institute, Palmer Institute, Detroi
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G markerBelle Isle, Detroit -
Belle Isle, Detroit, MI, USA
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Black History in Detroit

One of my favorite US cities for historic installations and other attractions, Detroit is packed with interesting Black History. Several churches in town are historic stops on the Underground Railroad and some maintain museums in honor of that heritage. Detroit was the last stop before Canada, namely Windsor, Ontario across the Detroit River. Underground Railroad installations are popular in the Province of Ontario as well. A popular tour takes visitors through Detroit and Windsor, then on to the North American Underground Railroad Museum in Ontario.

  • 1st Congregational Church of Detroit - 33 E. Forest. Underground Railroad. http://www.friendsoffirst.com/home/
  • 2nd Baptist Church - 441 Monroe Street in Greektown near Gratiot and Woodward. Underground Railroad.
  • Black Bottom Historic Neighborhood - Now Lafayette Park and on the National Register of Historic Places, it is on the Lower East Side and was formerly bounded by Gratiot Avenue, Brush Street, Vernor Highway, and the Grand Trunk Rail Line.
  • Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History - 315 East Warren, Detroit. -- This museum occupies 125,000 square feet in Downtown Detroit.
  • Motown Historical Museum - 2648 West Grand Boulevard, Detroit. http://www.motownmuseum.com/
  • Wayne State University -Cass Avenue and Putnam Street, Detroit. WayneState University is Michigan's only urban research university. Detroit African American History Project - www.daahp.wayne.edu/

All of the above attractions are pinned on the map offered below. While 1st Congregational Church of Detroit (map point A) may have been the very last stop on the Underground Railroad before Windsor, Ontario, Canada; I wonder if escapees and their conductors and guides ever used Belle Isle to the east as cover.

Underground Railroad Memorial Celebration with Aretha Franklin, 2009

African Americans Reviving Michigan's Film Industry in 2012

Almost single-handedly, SAG Producer, Director and Actor Sean H. Robertson is reviving Michigan's film industry after State tax incentives were cancelled in 2011. Operating 313Wood: The New Detroit, he has already garnered success and recognition for African-American and other artists in a wide range of venues. One of his latest adventures into success is his Internet-based film called the Great Lake State. He is also working on making his novel trilogy into film in 2012. The first installment in print is: Sean H. Robertson's Cries of Vampyra


Types of Links Included for Study

The following links include a number of topics that may interest readers wanting more information about African and African American culture, history, and interactions with other groups. They are placed together as very Interesting in the first group, followed by Settling the American West, Politics and War, and Food and Recipes, all followed by links for free coloring pages.

Some of these Hubs will furnish information that you did not know or add data to lessons you were already taught in part. Some may be surprising. Some may give you ideas doer research for reports and projects that will be different form the usual lessons seen during Black History Month.

If you have other constructive ideas for people studying the month-long tribute, please add them in the comments section below.

© 2012 Patty Inglish

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How Have You Been Affected by Black History? 5 comments

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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

Hi, I think that we in England should have a Black History month over here, it would be fascinating, and bring everybody together especially in schools, I have also watched the Who do you think you are? programs and as you say its amazing at how many people do have different cultures in their background, I personally would love to find a different cultural background in my family, I would have to visit the country and find out more, really interesting hub and links, thanks nell


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Patty Inglish, MS 4 years ago from North America Author

That would be an interesting idea to have Black History Month and other ethnic appreciation days in the UK. The development of varying cultures is indeed fascinating.


Joan Whetzel 4 years ago

Wow! What great resources. I'm bookmarking this one.


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Patty Inglish, MS 4 years ago from North America Author

Some of these should come in pretty handy to you and Hubbers are writing additional Hubs now on Black History Month. Thanks for reading.


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pmccray 4 years ago from Utah

Again another well done informative body of work. Voted up, marked useful and interesting.

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