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Black History Scavenger Hunt; Celebrating Black History 365

Carter G. Woodson created Negro History week in 1926 to elevate a period of celebration.  According to Jeff Johnson, “The caveat to that was it required us to actually study enough history outside of the celebration to continuously share during it. ”  Well here at Historic Westside News, we make a concrted effort to do just that. That’s why we are hostikng the Black History Scavenger Hunt on  March 21, 2021, at 1:00PM. Meet at the starting point (Apex Museum Parking Lot ). Guided from any smart phone, teams make their way…

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The 1906 Atlanta Race Riot Education Youth 

Legacy Keepers: The Atlanta 1906 Race Riot

By 1900 the population of Atlanta had more than doubled to 89,872 from its 1880 level including the black population that quadrupled. This increase led to increased job competition and white politicians responded as they had during slavery by implementing and expanding Jim Crow. These laws included segregated neighborhoods, public transportation, and schools. Despite these hurdles, black excellence persisted. By this time three black colleges were created in Atlanta and a small number of black families achieved a significant measure of success. Black men continued to exercise the vote they…

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Ernest Gaines Uncategorized 

Acclaimed novelist Ernest Gaines passes at 86

Ernest Gaines is one of those legendary southern writers. He passed yesterday but his presence will always be felt and known in America. While he was a prolific writer, he is perhaps best known for the novel ‘The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman’.  Regarding activism in the south and his written contributions, I appreciate the statement from the article below regarding his role in the demands for justice: Gaines found that using his storytelling gifts meant more than militant civil rights action. “When Bull Connor would sic the dogs, I…

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Culture 

LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson Becomes the First African American Elected as President of the Board for Certification of Genealogists

Nationwide — The Board for Certification of Genealogists is a nonprofit organization founded in 1964 as a professional credentialing body for genealogists. LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson is the first African American elected to lead the organization. At its semi-annual meeting held on the 7th of September 2019 in Salt Lake City, Utah, the Board of Trustees of the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) elected officers for the coming year. Those elected were: * President – LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG, CGL * Vice-President – Angela Packer McGhie, CG * Secretary –…

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Culture Entertainment 

Opera legend Jessye Norman died Monday at age 74.

The soprano died from septic shock and multi-organ failure secondary to complications of a spinal cord injury she had sustained in 2015, according to family statement issued to the Associated Press. “We are so proud of Jessye’s musical achievements and the inspiration that she provided to audiences around the world that will continue to be a source of joy. We are equally proud of her humanitarian endeavors addressing matters such as hunger, homelessness, youth development, and arts and culture education,” the family statement read. Norman was born in Georgia to…

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Historic Westside News Launches Legacy Keeper Program

By Colette Haywood How much do you know about the rich history of Atlanta’s Westside neighborhoods? The people who used to live here? Events that may have happened here? The businesses? The schools? Historic Westside News is pleased to announce that we are the recipients of Choice Neighborhood Atlanta’s Microgrant 4.0 for the launch of the Historic Westside Legacy Keeper Program. In the program, 10 high school students will pair with college students to work with institutions and organizations to document the rich heritage of the 5 neighborhoods served by Historic…

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Culture Education 

Celebrate Black History Month with the Atlanta Branch of ASALH

Dr. R. Candy Tate is Historian for the Atlanta Branch of ASALH, an Adjunct Professor at Clark Atlanta University in the Art & Fashion Department, and Assistant Director for the Center for Creativity & Arts at Emory University.  The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) was founded on September 9, 1915 by Dr. Carter Godwin Woodson, an African American historian, journalist, and author who is often referred to as the “father of black history.” The organization’s mission is to “promote, research, preserve, interpret and disseminate…

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Culture 

Let’s Celebrate Black History All Year!

Black History Month, also known as African-American History Month in America, is an annual observance in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom for remembrance of important people and events in the history of the African diaspora. It is celebrated annually in the United States and Canada in February, and the United Kingdom in October. The precursor to Black History Month was created in 1926 in the United States, when historian Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History announced the second week…

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