A Fresh Take On Black History Month

Revelations - Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre/Photo courtesy of Shauli Baskind PR
Revelations – Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre/Photo courtesy of Shauli Baskind PR

Every American owes it to him or herself to see the Ailey [company] perform Revelations. It is an American phenomenon. I’ve probably seen it countless times and every time it’s magical and spiritual and hopeful – everything that we want ourselves to be and hope that our country will be.” – Oprah Winfrey

Here at SoFreshAndSoGreen.com I aim to provide information about people of African descent you haven’t heard before or at least haven’t heard every Black History Month. I don’t know about you but I look forward to Black History Month. I study Black History all year round, but during the month of February there’s more educational resources around it.

In the past I’ve written about what I perceive to be the numerous shortcomings in celebrating this month as well as why Black History Month is the shortest month of the year and why the biggest takeaway always seems to be George Washington Carver inventing peanut butter.

I don’t intend to replace a crappy Black History Month curriculum or mimic it by offering a narrow scope or facts. In fact we offer thoughts on Black History and Black people all year here. What I intend to offer points to start from. You could spend a lifetime studying and teaching the history of people of African descent, and indeed many have like Carter G. Woodson, John Henrik Clarke, Professor Jan Carew and Dr. Ben Jochannon to name a few. What I can do is point you in their directions and highlight the words and achievements of those persons of African descent regarding health and environmentalism.

This year I’d like to bring quotes from a whole different set of Black folks, some interviews with fellow bloggers about Black environmentalism and even a list of The Top 5 Black Environmentalists to follow up on last year’s Top 5 White People Worth Interrupting Black History Month For.

Here’s the archive from last year’s Black History Month

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