Celebrate Black History Month!
February is Black History Month.
Do you ever wonder how this important month long event was created?
In 1915, historian Carter G. Woodson proposed a
"Negro History Week" to honor the history and contributions
of African-Americans. Nine years later, his dream became reality.
Woodson chose the second week of February to pay tribute to the
birthdays of two Americans that dramatically affected the lives
of Blacks: Abraham Lincoln (February 12) and Frederick Douglass
(February 14). The week-long observance officially became Black
History Month in 1976.
Black History shares February this year with the
Superbowl. Lets celebrate both by looking at blacks in sports. Guess
what black sports figure is described in the following bios.
1.When this man took the field to play for the Brooklyn
Dodgers on April 15, 1947, he was more than a player: He was a pioneer.
He was the first African American to play major league baseball.
He helped open the door to pro sports for other black athletes.
2.Not long ago, white players and black players rarely met on a
tennis court and black players were not allowed to compete
in America's top tournament, the U.S. Nationals.The U.S. Nationals
(now the U.S. Open) was held at country clubs, and most of the clubs
did not allow blacks to play. That policy was wrong, and on August
30, 1950, this player changed it.
3.This man once said, "In America, anybody can become somebody."
His incredible speed, grace, and courage allowed him to become more
than just somebody. He became a track-and-field legend and an American
Send us your correct answers for a special prize!
by David Davis
About the Artist
David is the son of
Stephen and Tanya Davis. David was born He is 11 years old and lives
in Wheaton IL.
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Did you know that Chicago has:
approximately 7,000 restaurants
three of the world's tallest buildings:
Sears Tower. . . . . 1,450 feet
Amoco Building . . . 1,136 feet
John Hancock . . . . 1,127 feet
29 miles of lakefront
15 miles of bathing beaches!!
18 miles of lakefront bicycle paths
more than 200 annual parades
one of the world's last free public zoos (Lincoln Park
Zoo, open 365 days a year)
the world's largest public library with a collection of
more than 2 million books
the world's largest cookie and cracker factory (Nabisco),
which made over 4.6 billion Oreo cookies in 1997. (Let's
not forget that Tootsie Roll is a Chicago institution, too!)
Here are some the inventions that Chicago has
shared with the world:
roller skates, 1884
steel frame skyscraper, 1885
elevated railway, 1892
Cracker Jacks, 1893
Hostess Twinkie, 1930
pinball game, 1930
nuclear chain reaction, 1942
McDonald's Restaurant, 1955
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