Tuesday, February 05, 2008

BLACK HISTORY MONTH: What are you doing?

This is the month to celebrate our African-American heritage. What are you doing to celebrate?

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Phillis Wheatley(c.1753–84)

1770 An Elegiac Poem, on the Death of the Celebrated Divine ... George Whitefield

1783 Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral

Poet. Born c. 1760 possibly in Senegal, Africa. Wheatley was sold in slavery to the John Wheatley family of Boston, Massachusetts in 1761. The family educated her, even teaching her Latin and Greek, and by the age of 13 she was composing poems so sophisticated that many people charged she could not have written them.

In 1778, she was sent to London with the Wheatley's son, where she was received in society and published her first volume of poems. After returning to Boston, she was freed, married, and had three children, none of whom survived her. A collection of her poetry and prose, Memoirs and Poems of Phillis Wheatley, was printed in 1834. Although her poems are now regarded as generally derivative in their Neoclassical manner, they were often cited by those pointing out that African-Americans needed only to be educated in order to become the equal of their fellow Americans.


Patricia W

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Patricia W. said...

Missed this post but I'm working my way back.

This month, trying to help my son find information related to the subjects he's studying in school but about Blacks. Gotta make it relevant.

Yasmin said...

In honor of Black History Month, APOOO is saluting African American authors. Each day we will feature a different author as our Web site.
Authors were selected based upon their ability to make us laugh, think, inspire, motivate, empower.
APOOO SALUTES AFRICAN AMERICAN AUTHORS...stop by the site to see who we're profiling today!

Promoting Our Voices, Showcasing Our Stories

msyonnie said...

For Blach History Month i'm taking it upon myself to teach my daughters and myself about the great people who paved the way for us. I printed up a list of people and everyday i'm researching them, printing up paper work on them, and looking for a book about them in the school library which i work at. This process will take much longer than just this month however this is where we start!