The Coshocton County Beacon February 15, 2017 - Page 16

16 THE BEACON www . coshoctonbeacontoday . com FEBRUARY 15 , 2017
Black History Month , sometimes referred to as African American History Month , is a federally recognized month-long commemoration of the achievements of African Americans and the roles they have played in shaping United States history . Each February , Americans recognize notable African American individuals . Canada and the United Kingdom also observe Black History Month , with the UK celebrating in October rather than February . Many deserving people are recognized during Black History Month , which no doubt serves to inspire African Americans and others who appreciate the role African Americans have played and continue to play .
One of the lesser known yet highly influential individuals to play a key role in the development of Black History

The evolution of Black History Month

Month was Dr . Carter G . Woodson . Woodson was a son of former slaves who spent his childhood working in coal mines and quarries . Self-taught in English and arithmetic , Woodson attended high school and completed the curriculum in two years . He eventually received a Master ’ s degree in History from the University of Chicago and a Ph . D . from Harvard .
Woodson was disheartened that textbooks and American history largely ignored the achievements of Black Americans . Therefore , he began the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History and founded a complementary journal .
According to The Freeman Institute Foundation , Woodson decided to launch a Negro History Week in



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1926 . He picked the second week of February to have the recognition fall between the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln , two pioneers of racial equality .
Although the first Negro History Week met with mild responses , eventually the yearly tradition caught on and its popularity grew . It wasn ’ t until 1969 , however , that Negro History Week transformed into Black History Month , after a proposition by the leaders of the Black United Students at Kent State University . In 1976 , 26 years after Woodson ’ s death , Black History Month was officially recognized by the U . S . government .
Black History Month has grown considerably since Woodson first launched Negro History Week nearly a century ago . His words about why he felt African American history was so important still resonate today :
“ What we need is not a history of selected races of nations , but the history of the world void of national bias , race hate , and religious prejudice .”
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Fortney on OSU ’ s dean ’ s list

COLUMBUS - Casey Ann Fortney , daughter of Tim and Kelly Fortney of Coshocton , was named to the autumn semester 2016 dean ’ s list at The Ohio State University .
Casey is pursuing a degree in psychology within the college of arts and sciences . She is scheduled to graduate in the spring of 2018 .
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Photo challenge announced

WASHINGTON , DC - Congressman Bob Gibbs is announcing a new challenge for photography enthusiasts in the Seventh District . Residents can submit photos via e-mail for consideration to be displayed in the Washington DC office .
In announcing the challenge , Congressman Gibbs said , “ Our congressional district is home to beautiful views , interesting landscapes , notable buildings and historic landmarks . I want to show off the diverse beauty of the Seventh District ’ s distinctive local history . That is why I am inviting all constituents to submit digital photographs to be displayed in my office .”
The guidelines for the challenge are :
• All submissions must be made to gibbspress @ gmail . com at the highest resolution possible
• Submissions must be original work
• Please include your name , address , e-mail address , and phone number in your submission email
• By submitting your photograph , you agree to have it displayed in public in the Office of Congressman Gibbs if it is selected
• Deadline is Friday , March 10
Any e-mails sent to gibbspress @ gmail . com that do not pertain to the photography challenge will not be answered . For questions or comments on pending legislation or current events and issues , please use https :// gibbs . house . gov or call 202-225-6265 .
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