Welcome to The February Store.
In 1926, Carter G. Woodson founded Negro History Week during the second week of February, because African Americans were overlooked and ignored by the authors of history. That week has evolved into Black History Month. Woodson noted racism, " is merely the logical result of tradition . . . that the (African-American) has never contributed anything to the progress of mankind."
We celebrate with chocolate eggs and bunnies in March. Pumpkins, masks and candy in October and turkeys in November. We decorate trees and send cards in December and indulge in the spirit of embibing on the first day of January. We have largely overlooked a formal tradition to recognize the value of February, Black History Month. A month to build pride in our children and to recognize and celebrate the contributions of African Americans.
Prevailing politics are undoing the legacy of the previous eight years in an attempt to wipe the history clean . . . like it didn't happen.
Celebrate, History Matters.
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James E. Smallwood is a graphic artist from Baltimore, Maryland. He has worked in newsroom art departments from the Baltimore Sunpapers to the Washington Post, with stops at Knight-Ridder Tribune Graphics and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution along the way.
James E. Smallwood - Founder
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