The Best Black History Projects: Tours, Recipes, Study Materials, and Coloring Pages
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
This is likely the last stop on the Underground Railroad before hurrying across the Detroit River by night.
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.
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Articles You Want To Read
- Black History Month
Famous Black Americans. The history and purpose of Black History Month, observed in February each year in the United States.
- The Harlem Renaissance
- I Met Grace - A Black Diamond
Grace's stage name is Nichelle Nichols. This entertainer that became famous in France and the USA nearly lost the chance to touch the lives of millions globally, because she was almost murdered before she was born - by Al Capone.
- Light Skin and Good Hair - Extraordinary Film by Chris Rock
Musician and Actor Cab Calloway contributed to a documentary on the Cotton Club many decades ago. He explained at one point that Black Folks often went in the club to...Now Chris Rock...
- Miles Davis Played Trumpet But Not the Game
This article provides an in-depth biography of jazz great Miles Davis. The content tries to prove that Miles Davis was one of the most talented and influential jazz artists of the twentieth century.
- USA Track and Field Hall of Famer Lee Evans
Related to Hubber AEvans.
Black Cowboys in the American West
Settling The American West - Cowboys and Native North Americans
- African American or Black Cowboys in History and Fiction
African Americans have been conspicuously absent from histories of the west. They are not much represented in fiction either. Many people think they ere not there, but they were.
- Cowboys, Rodeos, and Trail Drive Training
Cowboys and cowgirls are still active in the USA, - one reason that Americans still wear 10-gallon cowboy hats in Olympic Games Opening and Closing Ceremonies. They will likely do so again in the Vancouver Winter Olympics of 2010. America is not...
- Cherokee Nation and 500 Years of a Different Brand of Racism and Politics - Cherokee Nation Downsize
- Crow Nation: US President Barack Obama's Adopted Family and Their History
Adoption into a Native American Nation is a high honor and an act of generosity and respect from American's Indigenous Peoples. Crow Nation adopted President Barack Obama.
In Our Nation's Wars
Politics and War - Black America Is There
- Black History UK
- Jimi Hendrix & The Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail
232 years after the first signing of the Declaration of Independence by just 2 men, 2 current US Congress members have gained a grant to commemorate 300 Miles of History around the War of 1812 - 1814.
- First Female Buffalo Soldier - Cathay Williams
Many people have heard of the Buffalo Soldiers. At least one was a woman!
- Race, Society and Politics - Black and White Like Me
In the first decade of the 2000s, it became possible to change nearly any aspect of the human body. This includes body and eye color as well as hair...
- The Role of "Buffalo Soldiers" in the Native-American Wars
Buffalo Soldiers received their nickname as an honor from Native Americans for several reasons. The Buffalo Soldiers were not all men, either. Overall, 20 soldiers of the 9th and 10th Cavalries received the Medal of Honor.
- Tuskegee Airmen: How George Lucas Presents the 332nd Fighter Group
- The Seminole Tribe of Florida is Federally Recognize...
While some readers of Native American histories state that Seminole Nation or the Seminole Tribe is not an official tribe or nation with a real name, they are both incorrect and guilty of repeating false and hurtful information.
- The Underground Railroad's International Conductors
- Unrecognized History of Revolutionary America Brought to Light
Television series about the US Armed Forces (Hogan's Heroes, Gomer Pyle USMC) have sometimes rubbed viewers the wrong way and very harshly. This is easier to understand when we study history. The Montford Point Marines' story of WWII, for example, is
African and African American Food
Free Coloring Pages for Black History Month
- Black History Month Coloring Pages - Heroes of Black History
Print this coloring pack and read to your kids about these heroes of Black History.
© 2012 Patty Inglish
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