A Video Timeline/Playlist of Black History

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A Brief History

In February 1969, black educators and the Black United Students at Kent State University in Ohio first proposed Black History Month.  The first celebration of Black History Month took place at Kent State one year later in 1970.  Today, fifty years later, Black History Month is celebrated throughout North America and Europe.

Digging Deeper

So, as a graduate of Kent State University’s Master’s Program in History, on this 50 year anniversary of one of my university’s contributions to how we remember history, it seems appropriate that I should present a playlist of videos about some notable events in Black history.

While Black History Month has been celebrated in the United States of America (U.S.A.) in every February since 1970, Women’s History Month has been celebrated in the U.S.A. in every March since 1987.  Both Black History Month and Women’s History Month have gradually expanded beyond the U.S.A. to various other countries around the world.  As a preview of what is to come, in March of 2020, over a dozen history YouTubers, including this channel plan to collaborate on a Women’s History Month project that spans from Ancient to Modern times and across the world’s continents.  We hope that you enjoyed this Black History playlist and that you will similarly enjoy a playlist on women’s history.  You can expect many other themed playlists to come!

Question for students (and subscribers): What is your favorite event in Black history?  Please let us know in the comments section below this article.

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Historical Evidence

For more information, please see…

Evans, Shane W. and Charles R. Smith Jr.  28 Days: Moments in Black History that Changed the World.  Roaring Brook Press, 2015.

The featured image in this article, a painting by Ernie Pryor (Kkhemet) dedicated to the founders of Black History Month, the Black United Students at Kent State University, is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.


About Author

Dr. Zar graduated with a B.A. in French and history, a Master’s in History, and a Ph.D. in History. He currently teaches history in Ohio.