Mr. Collier and other teachers and faculty have done many things to celebrate Black History Month through powerpoints, displayed artwork, jazz choir performing, and jazz band performing.
Here are a few Black History facts that you may not know:
- Wally Amos was an African American entrepreneur that founded the Famous Amos chocolate chip cookie brand.
- Martin Luther King was assassinated on Maya Angelou’s birthday. Maya Angelou would send flowers every year to Coretta Scott King instead of celebrating her birthday until Mrs. King’s death.
- Romare Bearden was an African American artist that drew scenes of the American South and African American life. (www.theartstory.org/artist-bearden-romare.htm.)
- African American performer Josephine Baker smuggled military intelligence to France during WWII by pinning secrets inside her dress and hiding the messages in her sheet music.
- Benjamin Banneker was a mathematician, scientist, surveyor, naturalist, farmer. He along with Andrew Ellicott helped survey the land of what is now Washington D.C. With his knowledge on astronomy, he wrote a series of almanacs. (http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aia/part2/2p84.html)
- Mary McLeod Bethune was an educator and activist that founded the National Council of Negro Women and served as president of the National Association of Colored Women. (https://www.biography.com/people/mary-mcleod-bethune-9211266)
- Chester Arthur “Howlin’ Wolf” Burnett was one of the most famous and important blues singer, songwriter and musician. His work influenced the Rolling Stones and Eric Clapton.
- Daniel Hale Williams was an African American doctor who opened the first hospital, Provident Hospital, that allowed both blacks and whites to work there, 1893. Also, he is one of the first physicians to successfully perform full pericardial surgery on a patient. (https://www.biography.com/people/daniel-hale-williams-9532269)
- Paul Cuffee was a Quaker living in Massachusetts in the early 19th century; he was one of the wealthiest men of color during this time. He and his brother gained the right to vote in Massachusetts because they owned land. Cuffee helped take free blacks to Africa, specifically Sierra Leone. (http://www.paulcuffee.org/about/mission-history/paul-cuffee/)
- Cheyney University of Pennsylvania is the oldest HBCU, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, established in 1837. Quaker Philanthropist Richard Humphreys donated money to establish this institution. (https://hbculifestyle.com/oldest-hbcus-in-the-united-states/)
To learn more about Black History, here is a cool site to use: