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Black History Month

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Celebrating Black History Month

The staff of CCFCS celebrates Black History every day, but especially in February.  Black History Month is an opportunity for all Americans to honor 400+ years of extraordinary Black History.

Below you will find educational and thought-provoking material that our Diversity Team put together to honor the contributions of Black Americans who helped shape the nation, and our community here at home.

Untold Stories of Black Women in the Suffrage Movement

The full right to vote for African Americans was only achieved with the passing of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, but the struggle for equality dates back to the 1800s, when it was intertwined with the women's suffrage movement. KD Hall's documentary delves into the lives of African American women who were prominent figures in the fight for civil rights, particularly for women. Discover the untold stories of black women in the women's suffrage movement.

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African American Museums

Grounds of the Washington DC Museum of African American History

National Museum of African American History and Culture

One of the finest ways to immerse oneself in Black History Month is by visiting the African American Museum located in the National Mall. This museum guides visitors through the rich history of slavery, civil rights and the rebuilding of America, showcasing some of the most remarkable accomplishments within the African American community.

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Civil Rights Museum Virtual Tour

Experience the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, TN virtually. This tour offers an educational journey through the U.S. Civil Rights Movement, starting from slavery's inception in 1619 to the tragic assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in April 1968.

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28 Influential Black Women

Explore the inspiring journeys of 28 historical and influential Black women who have profoundly shaped American history. This list celebrates their remarkable achievements and contributions across various fields. From pioneering activists to groundbreaking scientists, these women have left an indelible mark on our nation's legacy.

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Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

Explore the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, a site that is often overlooked by those visiting Kansas City. This museum holds great significance for true baseball fans as it serves as a symbol of inspiration, reflecting the perseverance and determination necessary to fulfill the American Dream. The museum stands as a remembrance of the challenges faced by many in pursuit of their aspirations.

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The Legacy Museum:

The National Memorial for Peace and Justice, located on the former site of a warehouse where Black individuals were compelled to work in Montgomery, Alabama, is a narrative museum that employs the use of interactive media, sculptures, videography, and displays to bring visitors into the world of the slave trade, racial terrorism, the Jim Crow South, and America's largest prison system. Through powerful visuals and informative exhibits, this museum offers a unique chance to examine the history of racial injustice in America and its impact on generations of people affected by racial inequality.

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One Nation Under a Groove

The National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) is the sole museum committed to preserving and honoring the diverse musical styles created, influenced, and inspired by African Americans. Its collections, curated with expertise, narrate the story of the American musical landscape by combining history and interactive technology to bring the musical legends of the past to life.

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One of the Last Slave Ship Survivors Describes His Ordeal in a 1930s Interview

Zora Neale Hurston's searing book about Cudjo Lewis, brought to Alabama aboard the Clotilda—the last known US slave ship—took nearly 90 years to find a publisher.

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Physical and Mental Health in the Black Community

Minority Health Disparities: Michelle's Story

Michelle R. Simmons, a mother and grandmother, has a personal understanding of the effects of health inequalities in her family and community. Her dedication to her own well-being, as well as the health of her loved ones and community, makes her a formidable ally to Johns Hopkins Medicine in their efforts to mitigate the consequences of health disparities.

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Change Agents - Mental Health in Marginalized Communities

Host Sufyan Sohel along with Dr. Inger Burnett Ziegler Author, Clinical Psychologist, and Assistant Professor at Northwestern University School of Medicine and Mark Ishaug, CEO of Thresholds, address mental health in Chicago’s marginalized communities.

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