Black History Month 2021

Enjoy these Portraits of African Americans from the National Portrait Museum
Portraits of African Americans - Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery — Google Arts & Culture

 

February is Black History Month, a national recognition of the crucial existence of Black communities in our country's tarnished history. If you're not already educating yourself about Black achievements (and the injustices the community has faced) year-round, this month is the time to do so. And being stuck inside is no excuse.
Online exhibits for you to learn more about Black history (mashable.com)


2/1/2021 -Faith Ringgold is an American artist and author

https://www.biography.com/artist/faith-ringgold


2/2/2021 - Amanda Gorman is the youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history, as well as an award-winning writer
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amanda_Gorman


 2/3/2021 - George Washington CarverGeorge Washington Carver was a celebrated botanist and inventor
https://www.who2.com/bio/george-washington-carver/ 


2/4/2021 - Augusta Savage was one of the leading artists of the Harlem Renaissance as well as an influential activist and arts educator

2/5/2021 - Paul Robeson, Actor, singer and activist
Paul Robeson was a singer, actor and African-American activist whose performing career was hampered by the anti-communist craze of the 1950s. 


2/8/2021 - Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
The first woman ever elected head of an African state, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was sworn in as the president of Liberia on January 16, 2006

 

2/9/21 - Cecil J Williams - is an American photographer, publisher, author and inventor best known for his photography documenting the civil rights movement in South Carolina beginning in the 1950s.

Cecil J. Williams - Wikipedia


2/10/21 - Wangari Maathai - Ecologist Wangari Maathai won the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize for her years of work with women to reverse African deforestation. 

 

 

2/11/21 - Toni Morrison was a literary giant who won the Nobel Prize for Literature. Her book Beloved won the 1988 Pulitzer Prize; in 1993 she was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.

2/12/2021-Gordon Roger Alexander Buchanan Parks was an American photographer, musician, writer and film director, who became prominent in U.S. documentary photojournalism in the 1940s through 1970s—particularly in issues of civil rights, poverty and African-Americans—and in glamour photography. 

https://www.nga.gov/education/teachers/lessons-activities/uncovering-america/parks-photography.html


2/16/2021- Joseph Elmer Yoakum, was an artist of African American and Native American descent, Joseph Elmer Yoakum made drawings that describe a life spent traveling, first with the circus as a young man, then with the army during World War I, and later, alone hopping train cars in the American West – all before settling in Chicago, where he committed to a life of art making around 1962.
https://www.venusovermanhattan.com/exhibitions/joseph-elmer-yoakum 


2/17/2021- Louis Armstrong, was the most famous jazz trumpeter of the 20th century.
https://www.who2.com/bio/louis-armstrong/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_Armstrong 



2/18/2021 – Phillis Wheatley, was an African slave in Boston, Massachusetts when she became the first published black poet in America in 1767.
https://www.who2.com/bio/phillis-wheatley/
Phillis Wheatley | National Women's History Museum 



Friday 2/19/2021 – Frederick Douglass, was an American social reformerabolitionistorator, writer, and statesman. After escaping from slavery in Maryland, he became a national leader of the abolitionist movement in Massachusetts and New York, becoming famous for his oratory[5] and incisive antislavery writings. 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frederick_Douglass