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Black History Month 2015 Theme: A Century of Black Life, History, and Culture

Black History Month 2015 Theme: A Century of Black Life, History, and Culture

Over the past century, African American life, history, and culture have become major forces in the United States and the world. In 1915, few could have imagined that African Americans in music, art, and literature would become appreciated by the global community. Fewer still could have predicted the prominence achieved by African Americans, as well as other people of African descent, in shaping world politics, war, and diplomacy. Indeed, it was nearly universally believed that Africans and people of African descent had played no role in the unfolding of history and were a threat to American civilization itself. A century later, few can deny the centrality of African Americans in the making of American history.

This transformation is the result of effort, not chance. Confident that their struggles mattered in human history, black scholars, artists, athletes, and leaders self-consciously used their talents to change how the world viewed African Americans. The New Negro of the post-World War I era made modernity their own and gave the world a cornucopia of cultural gifts, including jazz, poetry based on the black vernacular, and an appreciation of African art. African American athletes dominated individual and team sports transforming baseball, track-and-field, football, boxing, and basketball. In a wave of social movements, African American activism transformed race relations, challenged American foreign policy, and became the American conscience on human rights.




Contributions by African-Americans to art, literature, sports and pop culture.

The theme for Black History Month in 2015 is “A Century of Black Life, History and Culture”. chronicling the important contributions by African-Americans to art, literature, sports and pop culture. In the early 20th century, the rise of a totally new form of music — jazz — can be traced back to African Americans of the post-World War I generation. This was closely followed by the Harlem Renaissance that introduced the voices of African American writers and artists to the national conversation. By the 1960’s, the African American museum movement saw the opening of nationwide centers exhibiting the advances made by African Americans in art, history, and science — culminating in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Doo wop, rock n’ roll, and hip hop can all trace their roots to the African American experience. Legendary sports figures, as well as artists, musicians, actors and actresses also have undeniably contributed to American culture as their influence continues to spread worldwide.



Black History 2015

National African American History Month Item: B15A Prices $6.25 size 18 X 24 inches Theme: A Century of Black Life, History and Culture

List of Persons

1. Barack Obama , 2. Michelle Obama, 3. Lewis Latimer, 4. George Carruthers, 5. Bessie Coleman, 6. Sojourner Truth  7. Billie Holiday, 8. Ella Fitzgerald, 9. George Washington Carver, 10. Rosa Parks, 11. Martin Luher King Jr.  12. Louis Armstrong, 13. Benjamin Banneker, 14. Shirley Jackson, 15. Ray Brown, 16. Benjammin O. Davis Jr.  17. Mary Mcleod Bethune.
There are three generic persons representing members of the American Armed Forces.





February 7, 2015 - Posted by | Black History Month | , , , , , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. What a beautful post and tribute Ella. I was going to ask if there was a way to get the image at the bottom. Then I saw the info underneath.
    Carol L
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    Comment by carol L | February 8, 2015 | Reply

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