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MSU Offers Black History Month Learning Resource Guides


The Michigan State University Office of K-12 Outreach has compiled two resource guides to help students, educators and others engage in learning in recognition of Black History Month.

The guides include a summary of easy accessible online resources and a list of recommended Black and Black-authored books. They were compiled thanks to the efforts and insights of outreach specialist Ted Ransaw.

“These tools are designed to raise awareness and provide an access point for education about Black history, accomplishments, leaders, culture and key figures,” said Ransaw.

The roots of Black History Month date back to February 1926 when Carter G. Woodson and the (now titled) Association for the Study of African American Life and History initiated the first such celebration in a weeklong format. In 1976, President Gerald Ford helped expand Woodson’s observance into the monthlong occasion that is now Black History Month.

Today, each February signals a chance to emphasize that Black history is not limited to “the subjugation of slavery” but that it has “significantly impacted the development of the social, political and economic structures of the United States and the world.” It is also a chance to ensure that Black history has a solid place in education.

Story via College of Education


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