Black History Month, Week 2

Throughout February, we're celebrating Black History Month by highlighting articles, speeches, and reviews from The Horn Book archive that are by and/or about African American authors, illustrators, and luminaries in the field. Look for the social media tag #HBBlackHistoryMonth17 on Facebook.com/TheHornBook and @HornBook.

This week's articles:

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For more resources from The Horn Book on social justice and activism, visit our new Making a Difference landing page and the Talking About Race resource page.

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Elissa Gershowitz

Joyce, we agree. Check out our Talking About Race https://www.hbook.com/talking-about-race/ and Making a Difference https://www.hbook.com/making-a-difference-commentary-and-resources/ landing pages for more about race, social justice, and activism all year long.

Posted : Feb 21, 2017 02:42


Joyce Williams

Over the years, I have been concerned about how Black History Month is regarded and/or being handled. It seems that Black history is reserved mainly for February alone, and then only in the mention of a few Black people and less than a handful of events beginning with the arrival of African slaves in 1619. What of the roots of racism, beginning with the expansion of Western European colonization in Africa? What of the resistance of all peoples of African descent worldwide to racism and marginalization? What of the cultures of Ancient Africa? What of the African Diaspora itself? I could go on and on, but this one thing I know: that the observance of Black History Month has to go beyond the surface treatment it has been given.

Posted : Feb 21, 2017 01:25


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