Dr. B-A's Permanent Black History Month Site

Dawn D. Bennett-Alexander, Esq.

Terry College of Business

University of Georgia

I liked this site I set up for Black History Month so much until I decided to keep it as a permanent part of my Web page.

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In honor of February being Black History Month, here are a few sites to visit. If you come across a Web source for black images & graphics, please e-mail me from the italicized blue name on my pages and provide the links.

Before you visit the links, take a look at these excerpts from The Brownies' Book, a 1920's Black kids magazine, excerpts of which Oxford Univesity Press has just published as The Best of The Brownies' Book, an anthology drawn from the magazine by Dianne Johnson-Feelings. These excerpts are from American Legacy magazine, Summer 1996.

Winter Sweetness

The little house is sugar,

It's roof with snow is piled.

And from its tiny window,

Peeps a maple-sugar child.

By 17-year old Langston Hughes

Kindergarten Song

Little babies in a row,

Little dresses white as snow;

No hair, crinkled hair, straight hair, curls--

Lovely little boys and girls!

Little children in a ring,

Hear them as they gaily sing!

Red child, yellow child, black child, white--

That's what makes the ring all right.

Lad and lassie, youth and maid.

Born in sunshine, born in shade;

Zulu, Esquimaux, Saxon, Jew,

United, make the world come true!

God's big children all at work,

Not one dares his task to shirk;

"All for each, and each for all"--

White man, red man, black man, tall.

by Carrie W. Clifford

Dear Mr. Editor:

My Mother says you are going to have a magazine about colored boys and girls, and I am very glad. So I am writing to ask you if you will please put in your paper some of the things which colored boys can work at when they grow up. I don't want to be a doctor, or anything like that. I think I'd like to plan houses for men to build. But one day, down on Broad Street, I was watching some men building houses, and I said to a boy there, "When I grow up, I am going to draw a lot of houses like that and have men build them." The boy was a white boy, and he looked at me and laughed and said, "Colored boys don't draw houses."

Why don't they, Mr. Editor?

My mother says you will explain all this to me in your magazine and will tell me where to learn how to draw a house, for that is what I certainly mean to do. I hope I haven't made you tired, so no more from your friend,

Dear Editor:

I have been waiting with some interest for the appearance of The Brownies' Book, but I understand the printers' strike has delayed it. I am sure you have many good plans in mind for our children; but I do hope you are going to write a good deal about colored men and women of achievement. My little girl has been studying about Betsy Ross and George Washington and the others, and she says: "Mama, didn't colored folks do anything?"

When I tell her as much as I know about our folks, she says: "Well, that's just stories. Didn't they ever do anything in a book?" I have not had much schooling, and I am a busy woman with my sewing and housekeeping, so I don't get much time to read and I can't tell my little girl where to find these things. But I am sure you know and that now you will tell her.

My husband worked in a munitions plant during the war and there were a few foreigners there. He said they often spoke of some big man in their country, but didn't seem to know about any big colored men here. And he said that when he came to think of it, he didn't know much about anybody but Booker T. Washington and you and Frederick Douglass.

Our little girl is dark brown, and we want her to be proud of her color and to know that it isn't the kind of skin people have that makes them great.

Black Web Links

The Afro-American Almanac - historical documents, great speechs, trivia games, folk tales, from slavery to now

Net Noir-interviews w/prominent blacks, business, sports, lifestyle

Abu Fine Art - a great web-site for African-American fine art of all sorts (paintings, figurines, etc.)

African American Women On-line - good stuff and great links

Stamp on Black History Month - neat site with stamps issued

American Visions Society Online - finance, technology, education, chats

MSBET - virtual tour through all BET's divisions, including shopping, bulletin boards, etc.

The Black Market - financial advice, community activism, ethnic recipes, profiles, forum, etc.

HBO Cyber Soul City

African-American Stuff on the Net

Black historian's 3-year walk of the Underground Railroad

Northstar - The Underground Railroad

The Universal Black Pages - all sorts of goodies

African American Shopping Mall - Like a mall, it has everything.

African American Shopping Mall Links - worth a visit

Black Facts - Check it out!

NetDiva - A must for females of color or those who want to know about them. http://www.netdiva.com

African Fashion site

Black Tech Guide

Black Literary

Black Collegian Online

Black Urban Prof

Blacks in America

Black Facts Online

Everything Black

Young Black Entrepreneurs

Ebony Magazine

Essence

Black Enterprise

Los Negroes

Black History Month Links

The Ex-Slave Narratives - In the 1930's the Worker's Progress Administration (WPA) sent interviewers all over the country to record the narratives of those who had been slaves and were now dying out. I read these constantly, and gain a lot from them each time. Thinking about slavery at this point is not about "dredging up the past," but rather, about gaining strength from knowing our ancestors could come through that experience with a modicum of dignity and self-respect. Their voices are worth hearing.
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 Dawn D. Bennett-Alexander