Living History: The Fisk Jubilee Singers, Ruby Bridges, Jackie Robinson and Kadir Nelson

President Obama meets Civil Rights icon Ruby Bridges

President Obama meets Civil Rights icon Ruby Bridges

Dear Students,

February is Black History Month (or African American History Month), a time we remember the contributions of African Americans in the United States.

Martin Luther King, march on Washington

Martin Luther King, march on Washington

Black History Month began in 1926 as part of an initiative by writer and educator Dr. Carter G. Woodson who launched Negro History Week in 1926.

Woodson proclaimed that Negro History Week should always occur in the second week of February —between the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln.

I started early this year, requesting Coretta Scott King award winning books from the public library.

The Fisk Jubilee Singers are a piece of American Living History. The student choir was originally formed in 1871 by former slaves. They perform around the country and around the world.  In 2002 the Library of Congress honored their song “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” by adding it in the United States National Recording Registry.

Green Beans by Kadir Nelson

Green Beans by Kadir Nelson

Kadir Nelson is my favorite illustrator. His book Moses: When Harriet Tubman led her People to Freedom was one of my favorite reads. I would love a shelf full of books by Kadir Nelson.

My favorite month of the year,
Mrs. Kenney

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