February is Black History Month

Here is a message from Herlisa Hamp, West Valley College’s Director of Student Equity & Success.

Carter G. Woodson (1875-1950) was an African-American writer and historian known as the "Father of Black History Month" and author of the influential book (published in 1933) titled The Mis-Education of the Negro.

Carter G. Woodson (1875-1950) was an African-American writer and historian known as the “Father of Black History Month” and author of the influential book (published in 1933) titled The Mis-Education of the Negro. (Photo from the web)

Happy February West Valley College. February is the month used to celebrate greatness among the black race. In 1926 Carter G. Woodson decided to develop the 2nd week of February to highlight accomplishments of our race.

The weekly celebration carried on for 50 years and was expanded from one week to the entire month in 1976. Black History Month allows us to learn more and celebrate the achievements by black Americans and gives us time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history.

There will be several small events on campus that vary from campus speakers to focus groups and panel discussions of where Blacks are today in comparison to 1964. Please see the campus portal for announcements of times and locations and mark your calendars for February 26 at 1:00 PM to join us in a campus celebration.

Here are video archives of three Black History Month presentations recorded at WVC and sponsored by various groups on campus.

David Hilliard: History of the Black Panther Party

Michael D. McCarty: World Storyteller and Traveler

Dianne Ferlatte: Storyteller

 

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