.According to History.com, Black History Month was first established in 1915. Throughout the centuries, the significance of this particular month has played a huge role in defining the true meaning behind African Americans and their culture. Whether it is breaking records or creating a platform for other minorities, African American identity plays a huge role in the United States as a whole.
Historical African Americans and Places:
Garrett Morgan Sr. ( the inventor of the first traffic lights)
website of Garrett Morgan Sr.
- Born in Claysville (Harrison County, Kentucky), Morgan later moved to Cincinnati, Ohio at the age of 14 years old due to employment.
- Later on, Morgan established his own business in Cleveland, Ohio, dealing with sewing machines. Throughout his time in Cleveland, Morgan was able to develop his own invention of a belt fastener for the sewing machines, establishing a patent in 1912.
- Years later, Morgan invented the smoke hood (a fireman’s mask) and traffic signal light between the early 1900s.
Black Wall Street of America:
- Black Wall Street was fully Developed on May 31st, 1921, located in Greenwood District, Tulsa, Oklahoma.
- This Historical place had the significance of establishing African Americans within their communities.
- Black owned businesses created economic growth amongst the African American communities.
- Race riots brought it to an end on June 1, 1921.
Interesting Books and Movies by African Americans:
The Autobiography of Malcolm X
Authors: Malcom X and Alex Haley
- This books talks about the life behind human right activist Malcom X.
- Throughout the book, readers are given life lessons , which can be used today.
- Topics dealing with self esteem & unity
The Great Debaters Film (2007)
- Directed by Denzel Washington
- Directed by John Singleton
- Dealing with incoming college students from different backgrounds, who face challenges amongst each other.
The New Jim Crow
Author Michelle Alexander
- Deals with the mass incarcerations amongst African American and other minorities across America.
- Focus on the true meaning of behind the word “ justice” in America.
Here is Eastern Michigan University’s campus event schedule for this upcoming week for Black History Month:
Sun Feb 9, 2020:
The Intersection at the EMU Student Center
Fri Feb 7:
from 2:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. at Quirk Sponberg Theatre
For more information on events, please visit
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Hello! My name is Bianca Ramsey and I am currently a junior at EMU. I am pursuing a BA in Media Studies & Journalism while being a reporter & writer for the Eastern Echo.