Happy February 1st: Black History Month 101



blackhis4 I know what you’re thinking… This is just another February first, another black history month after many before. Well, let me be the first to tell you – it doesn’t have to be that way! Welcome to my course: Black History Month 101 which is the prerequisite for the Black History 112: The African Diaspora. Black History Month 101 is a required course that has been on the curriculum since 1976… However,  while the course is year round, February is the most crucial. In order to pass this course, you must  engage in the history lessons every day, but February serves as an annual remembrance of the events  and individuals in the history of African diaspora beyond their traditional homeland.

The curriculum breakdown is as follows:


Movies: 20%, Literature: 25%. Figures: 30%, Dates: 10%, Field Trips: 15%, Action: Pass or Fail

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Take pride in their history in all months, and not just February.
  2. Develop a thirst to understand the importance of the African diaspora.
  3. Recite “black history facts” outside of those printed on coloring book pages.


Please check back here, at the course website, for assignment postings, field trips, textbook readings and more. HAPPY BLACK HISTORY MONTH and good luck with the course this year!

Written by Subria Whitaker

Subria A. Whitaker is a J.D. Candidate at The University of Chicago Law School. She received her bachelor's degree with honors and Distinction in Communication from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and her master's degree in Sports Administration from Northwestern University. Subria became a TrueStar in 2010, and is a graduate of Morgan Park High School.


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