Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Black History People for Black History Month Projects

Even though Black History Month began in 1976, Dr. Carter G. Woodson created what was once known as Negro History Week in 1926.

Dr. Woodson selected the second week of February between the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln to honor African American culture, sacrifice, achievement, and societal contributions.

Now generating global interest, black history is saluted internationally.  For instance, October is Black History Month in the United Kingdom.

If you are looking for some interesting people to spotlight for your projects and celebrations, you’ll want to grab Black History People for Black History Projects, a new tool from

Turn on your computer speakers, watch the short 30 second video, and discover more!

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

President Barack Obama's Challenge to You for Change

Now that the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama, has joined Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, and other black history people as a trailblazing pioneer with an astonishing first, what happens next?

In his inauguration speech, President Obama noted that we have to ask not whether government is too big, but whether government works.  If it doesn’t work, or it’s not working, then Mr. Obama will have a lot of pressure as an agent of change to create a bureaucratic recipe for success.

His biggest obstacle moving forward is the degree to which all Americans mentally prepare for the inevitable sacrifices ahead.

No, Barack won’t be able to wave a magic wand and save humanity from itself, but he’ll get that much closer to becoming a successful agent of change with eager participation rather than indifferent apathy from the millions of kindred spririts who now beam with pride from his achievement.

What will you do to help the new president succeed?

For some, it may be volunteering in their community.  For others, it may be playing a grass roots role in the local political process.  For even more, maybe it’s just graduating from high school or college.

When the euphoria of the Barack Obama election fades, the true measure of his success as president will be to the degree in which he inspired us all to be more productive global citizens.

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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Martin Luther King Jr. Online Archive

The MLK Jr. Archival Collaborative, an online home for the electronic display of the papers of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., is now live on the Internet.

Three institutions partnered to make this ‘research rich’ website happen:

  • The Robert W. Woodruff Library of the Atlanta University Center
  • The Howard Gotlieb Archival Center at Boston University
  • The Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute at Stanford University

You can electronically search and view Dr. King’s papers, writings, and documents housed in Atlanta, Georgia, and Boston, Massachusetts.

The Boston University Dr. King archive alone includes more than 80,000 items.

A few bugs exist in the online search system.  I searched using the keywords “nobel prize.” Several of the links that were returned were test links.  In addition, there were quite a few server errors.

I’m sure the technical problems will be resolved soon, as the site is only a day old as of this writing.

Congratulations to the 3 institutions whose partnership made this historic black history website possible.

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Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service 2009

Thousands of projects are planned across America for the annual January 19, 2009 Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.

Select the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service project you’ll like to participate in from an interactive map at the official website.

Dr. King’s real birthday is January 15th.

The January 19th Day of Service was created by the U.S. Congress in 1994 to transform the federal holiday into an opportunity for community outreach.

Tell your friends about all of the nationwide opportunities available this year.

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