Black History Month

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Ever wonder what the colors Red, Black, Green, and Gold represent in flags and African celebrations like Black History Month?

These colors are based on the Pan-African flag created by Marcus Garvey in 1920. The Pan-African flag's colors have symbolic meaning:

  • Red — stood for blood: both the blood shed by Africans who died in their fight for liberation, and the shared blood of the African people.
  • Black — represents, well, black people
  • Green — was a symbol of growth and the natural fertility of Africa
  • *Gold is also seen on various Pan-African flags and can symbolize tears that were shed or moral richness or as a solidarity reference to the Ethiopian flag

Sources: NPR Code Switch Podcast (https://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2017/06/14/532667081/on-flag-day-remembering-the-red-black-and-green), World Atlas (https://www.worldatlas.com/articles/what-are-the-pan-african-colors.html)

~Mrs. Knight~

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Black History is San Antonio History

The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution, and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum have joined together to update the African American History Month Web Portal to help users find materials that document struggles, accomplishments, and experiences of African Americans.
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The musical duo Black Violin's Brief But Spectacular take on defying stereotypes
Fisk University becomes 1st HBCU team to compete in NCAA gymnastics | ABCNL

Collection of Videos from PBS

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Teacher's Guide: African American History Month

This Teacher's Guide is from the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities. "Put the power of primary sources to work in the classroom. Browse ready-to-use lesson plans, student activities, collection guides and research aids."
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ANGIE THOMAS: Author, Producer, Speaker, Activist

Here are a few of the books Angie Thomas has written:

  • The Hate U Give
  • Blackout
  • Concrete Rose
  • Find Your Voice
  • On the Come Up

Learn more about Angie Thomas here: https://angiethomas.com/

Author Angie Thomas on Why She Wanted to Write Young Adult Books
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The exceptional life of Benjamin Banneker - Rose-Margaret Ekeng-Itua

Who is Benjamin Banneker?

Benjamin Banneker was a largely self-educated mathematician, astronomer, compiler of almanacs and writer.


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Black stories aren’t only about pain, trauma, and oppression. Many are stories of power, bravery, friendship, and love.

The following titles celebrate joy in the lives of Black teens from a variety of genres. The characters in these stories laugh honestly, love fiercely, and fight for what they believe in!

The following books can be accessed through our library's catalog (Destiny) for a print copy or can be accessed through SORA for electronic books. Also we have additional books in our Black History Month Destiny Collection.

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