Annie's "Black History Month" Page

"I am black, but comely (beautiful), O ye daughters of Jerusalem,
as the tents of Kedar, as the curtains of Solomon."
~Song of Solomon 1:5~

"Black History Month,
observed in February, month of Abraham Lincoln's and abolitionist
Frederick Douglass' birthdays; recognizes the achievements and contributions of
African Americans; launched by Carter G. Woodson in February 1926; initially lasted
a week, changed to a month in 1976; new theme for month determined every year.

February is Black History Month, which replaced former week-long observances
such as Negro History Week." From Compton's Encyclopedia

"Nearly 3 million or 15 percent of African Americans, ages 25 and over, held a bachelor's degree or higher in 1998; of these degree-holders, more than 800,000 had an advanced degree." ~Source US Census~

The World Book says this:
"Black History Month is an annual observance, in February, of the past achievements and
current status of African Americans. It coincides with the birthdays of the great black
leader Frederick Douglass (February 14) and of Abraham Lincoln (February 12).

The idea for an observance honoring the accomplishments of African Americans led to
the establishment of Negro History Week in 1926. It was proposed by Carter G.
Woodson, a black historian known as the Father of Black History, and others. The
observance became known as Black History Week during the early 1970's and
was established as Black History Month in 1976.

"The celebration is sponsored by the Association for the Study of Afro-American Life
and History (ASALH), which Woodson founded in 1915. Each year, the ASALH
designates a theme. In addition, special attention has been paid to the growth of African
American studies courses at high schools and colleges in most parts of the country.

The ASALH produces Black History Month Study Kits to help schools, colleges, ASALH
branches, and other organizations celebrate the observance. The ASALH also
provides information about Black History Month through its publications."

"The nation's African American population is young, with an estimated median age
of 30.0 years as of Nov. 1, 1998 five years younger than the median for
the U.S. population as a whole." ~Source: US Census~

The World Book says this about African Americans:
"African Americans are Americans mostly or partly of African descent. About 30 million
African Americans live in the United States. They account for 12 percent of the
nation's total population and make up the largest minority group. About half of all
black Americans live in the Southern States. Most of the rest live in large cities
in the East, Midwest, and West."

"As of July 1, 1997, according to population estimates: The 10 states with the largest
African American populations were New York (3.2 million), California (2.4 million), Texas
(2.4 million), Florida (2.3 million), Georgia (2.1 million), Illinois (1.8 million), North
Carolina (1.6 million) and Maryland, Louisiana and Michigan (1.4 million each)."
~Source US Census~

Women in Charge - "A Census report released today shows women head 45% of black
households." (Lycos News)

The World Book says this about the ASALH:
"Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History conducts and promotes
research and study of the black person's role in world history. The association collects
writings and materials relating to African Americans and other ethnic groups. It
promotes harmony and understanding among all people. The association has about 2,000
members, including historians, scholars, and students. It sponsors Black History Month
and sets the national theme for the celebration. It also publishes Negro History Bulletin
and The Journal of Negro History. Its subsidiary, the Associated Publishers, publishes
books and a Black History Month kit. The American historian Carter G. Woodson
founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History in 1915. The
association received its present name in 1972. Headquarters are in Washington, D.C."

In the Bible we don't see the words "African American" but we do see mention of skin
colors. There is 1 verse with the word "ebony" and 19 verses with the word
BLACK in it.

"The number of African American-owned businesses in the United States increased 46
percent, from 424,165 to 620,912, between 1987 and 1992." ~Source US Census~

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There are 19 verses with the word "BLACK" in the Bible.

Easton's Bible Dictionary


properly the absence of all colour. In Proverbs 7:9 the Hebrew word means, as in the
margin of the Revised Version, "the pupil of the eye." It is translated "apple" of the eye
Deuteronomy 32:10; Psalms 17:8; Proverbs 7:2. It is a different word which is
rendered "black" in
Leviticus 13:31,37; Lev 1:5; 5:11; and Zechariah 6:2,6. It is
uncertain what the "black marble" of
Esther 1:6 was which formed a part of the
mosaic pavement.

Taken from the "colour" topic at Easton's Bible Dictionary

Black, applied to the hair (Leviticus 13:31; Lev 5:11), the complexion (Lev 1:5), and to
horses (
Zechariah 6:2,6). The word rendered "brown" in Genesis 30:32 (RSV, "black")
means properly "scorched", i.e., the colour produced by the influence of the sun's rays.
"Black" in
Job 30:30 means dirty, blackened by sorrow and disease. The word is applied
to a mourner's robes (
Jeremiah 8:21; 14:2), to a clouded sky (1 Kings 18:45), to night
Micah 3:6; Jeremiah 4:28), and to a brook rendered turbid by melted snow (Job 6:16).
It is used as symbolical of evil in Zech 6:2,6and
Revelation 6:5. It was the emblem of
mourning, affliction, calamity (
Jeremiah 14:2; Lamentations 4:8; 5:10).

Here is what the Bible says about EBONY

"The men of Dedan were thy merchants; many isles were the merchandise of thine hand:
they brought thee for a present horns of ivory and ebony." ~Ezekiel 27:15~

Ebony is a fossil of almost black coloring and is often used in place of the color black.

Easton's Bible Dictionary says this about it: a black, hard wood, brought by the
merchants from India to Tyre (
Ezekiel 27:15). It is the heart-wood, brought by
Diospyros ebenus, which grows in Ceylon and Southern India.

Smith's Bible Dictionary says this: one of the valuable commodities imported into Tyre
by the men of Dedan; a hard, heavy and durable wood, which admits of a fine polish
or gloss. The most usual color is black, but it also occurs red or green. The black is
the heart of a tree called Diospyros ebenum. It was imported from India or
Ceylon by Phoenician traders.

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