Los Angeles: Compton Avenue Elementary School B, 1972. “The week of February 14-18 is devoted to providing an ‘Image For The Future’ for the students at Compton Avenue School. It must be noted that this week is only a highlight of an ongoing task of motivating our students to become successful students and adults in their chosen fields of endeavor.” This program opens with a selection of empowering poems and reflections by Compton Avenue School students, and includes a schedule of events which ranged from films and exhibits to guest speakers and musical performances. There is also a list of the invited guests, among them such leading figures as Willie Davis, Levetta of Beverly Hills, Sugar Ray Robinson, Mike Garrett, and Gail Fisher.
“The father of black history,” Carter G. Woodson (1875-1950) announced the first Negro History Week in February 1926. He chose February because it was the month in which both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass were born, and saw Negro History Week as a way to expand the celebration of these two men and encourage Americans to study the little-known history of an entire people: “It is not so much a Negro History Week as it is a History Week. We should emphasize not Negro History, but the Negro in History. What we need is not a history of selected races or nations, but the history of the world void of national bias, race hatred and religious prejudice.” The idea was a popular one, and to honor Negro History Week parades, breakfasts, speeches, lectures, poetry readings, banquets, and exhibits were held throughout the country. The Black United Students and Black educators at Kent State University expanded this idea to include an entire month beginning in 1970. Since 1976, every U.S. president has designated February as Black History Month.
Photomechanically reproduced on the recto of five leaves of standard white stock (8 ½” x 11”), which are bound with staples in printed yellow wrappers. The front panel features artwork by Bernardino Vergaro and Dessie Johnson. A remarkable survivor, with just a hint of toning and edgewear. Near fine. Item #73938