EMU Blog

Feb 07 2020

Black History Month at EMU

by blogemu

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.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: 


Documentary of Black Wall Street

  •  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

Higher Learning

  • 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:

“North Star”
from 2:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. at Quirk Sponberg Theatre


For more information on events, please visit


About the writer:

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.

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