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  • February 2016 Primannum Honor Society


    BY: MIRISH SHAH Black history month is an annual reminder of how far we have come in becoming a progres- sive, inclusive and color-blind society. It is a time to celebrate and reflect on the successes of the African American community, but also a time to push forward for further positive change. If you are looking to partici- pate in the festivities of Black History Month, the University has you covered.

    The theme for Black History Month 2016 at UMD is: Face (t)s of Black. This month- long celebration explores “the endless intersectional identities of the people of the African Diaspora, dispel- ling the myth of Blackness as a monolith” (Stamp Student Union). There are black history events each day in February, many of which have already taken place. The events range from social gatherings, to lectures from prominent professors in the field of African American studies, to vibrant discussions amongst students about the many challenges still facing the African American community. A few of the events are scattered around campus, but most will be held at Stamp. Many of the events are being lead by student organizations such as the Black Student Union and the Black Honors Caucus. One of these events is B(I)ack Talk III: Black Twitter, a student discussion about the segregation of the Internet and social media, which will take place on Thursday, February 18 from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the MICA/ LCSL Conference Room.

    For further details on the events, you can contact Tia Dolet at [email protected]

    Additionally, all of the event information can be found at multicultural_involvement_community_advocacy/student_involvement_areas/ black_student_involvement/black_history_month.


    Recommended Books .................... 2

    Recommended Books Contd. ........ 3

    Frederick Douglas ........................ 4

    Events in D.C. ................................ 5

    Student Organizations .................. 6

    Celebrating Black History

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  • Here are just a few suggestions of recently released books that you may want to read this month.



    Jam on the Vine

    by LaShonda Katrice Barnett According to the Guardian (who lists this book as one of their “Black History Month reading list: the best books this February”), Jam on the Vine is, “the multi-generational, many- voiced story of the vibrant, aspiring journalist Ivoe Williams, and her family, living, but struggling in a poor and racially

    segregated town early 20th century Texas.” After her family moves to Kan- sas City, Ivoe jumpstarts her career as a journalist, “co-founding the city’s first black female-run newspaper Jam! On the Vine. But in the midst of bitter violence toward blacks, her challenges surpass writing and publi- cation to the moral obliga- tion she faces to acknowledge the unjust.”


    ( books/2015/feb/10/black-history- month-best-books-authors)

    In a recent article, lists Dis- gruntled as one of their “14 Books to Read This Black History Month.” They de- scribe it as an, “engaging coming of age story cen- tered on Kenya, whom we meet at age 8,” which, “guides us through what it is like to be Black and differ- ent, with parents who are Black Nationalists, in the late '80s. The book is both funny, and poignant.”

    ( nbcblk/14-books-read-black-history- month-n301786)


    by Asali Solomon The Boy in the Black Suit

    by Jason Reynolds

    Another book the Guardian lists in their article, “Black History Month reading list: the best books this February”, is The Boy in the Black Suit. Their summary is as follows, “Matt Miller is a 17-year-old boy dealing with the sudden loss of his mother. On top of that, he’s got a dad who can’t cope (but can drink), a job at a funeral home, plus, his senior year of high school to finish – challenges that seem insurmountable until he meets Lovey, a girl who’s been through much worse yet seems to be in better shape.”

    ( feb/10/black-history-month-best-books- authors)




    NBC also lists The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl as one of their “14 Books to Read This Black History Month.” Their summary says, “Cyber-sensation, Issa Rae's star is on the rise. She tells her story in a collection of laugh out loud essays on what it's like to be socially awkward and introverted. The book shares its name with the web series that put her on the map. From navigating the perils of eating out alone and public displays of affection to learning to accept yourself—natural hair and all.”

    ( books-read-black-history-month-n301786)

    The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl

    by Issa Rae

    Keeanga-Yahmatta Taylor is a professor of African American studies at Princeton. According to the Guardian (who list this book as one of their “Black His- tory Month reading list: the best books this February”), “She’s written a sweeping yet concise history not just of the Black Lives Matter movement, but of the past seven years un- der the first black president and of how the 20th century led to our current state of woke upris- ing.” Her book is full of histori- cal insight and, “it fearlessly tackles what black liberation looks like when it happens in a black-governed city 40 miles from a black-occupied White House.” ( black-history-month-reading-list-best-books- february-2016)

    From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation

    by Keeanga-Yahmahtta Taylor

  • Black History Month allows all of us to reflect on the importance of all the brave men and women involved in the push for freedom and equality in America, which we are still work- ing toward today. There are memo- rials located around D.C. that honor those who fought for the fair treatment of Afri- can Americans. Recently, the University of Maryland decid- ed to honor one of America’s most famous abolition- ists, Frederick Douglass, by placing a statue on Hornbake Pla- za. The statue arrived from Ire- land after a long five years of plan- ning and waiting. The statue cost a p p r o x im a t e l y $200,000 for the University.

    Frederick Douglass grew up as a slave in Talbot County, Maryland, which is situated just over an hour east of Col- lege Park. He learned to read from his former master’s wife, and used his newly gained ability to teach other slaves how to read. He escaped the plantation in 1838 and became a force for the abolitionist movement through his oration and intellect, im-

    pressing the likes of Abraham Lincoln and William Lloyd Garrison. Moreo- ver, Douglass was a brilliant writer, and published several versions of his

    autobiography, as well as multiple abolitionist newspapers.

    Be sure to stop by Hornbake Plaza to check out the statue of one of the most famous authors and orators of all time to celebrate Black History Month.




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  • The best part is that most of these events are free!

    Black History Month, or National African American History Month, has been officially celebrated in Febru- ary of every year since 1976. What better place to cele- brate the achievements of Black Americans and recog- nize their role in African Ame

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