Black History Beyond February 28th | WYPR

Black History Beyond February 28th

Feb 28, 2014

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Today is the last day of Black History Month, and we wanted to find out: how has teaching about black history changed in recent decades?  What’s being taught—what’s not being taught, and how much do people of all races know and understand about the history and tradition of African Americans?


The historian and scholar Carter G. Woodson said “Those who have no record of what their forebears have accomplished lose the inspiration which comes from the teaching of biography and history.”   In 1926, Woodson advocated for a week every year to focus on black history.  Black History Month was established in 1976.  

Tom Hall talks about this with two local scholars:  Dr. Joanne Martin, along with her husband Dr. Elmer Martin, founded the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum in Baltimore in 1988, and  Dr. Kaye Wise Whitehead is an assistant professor of communication and African and African American Studies at Loyola University Maryland, and the author of a new book called Sparking the Genius.