Black History Month is intended to highlight Black people and Black accomplishments. The annual celebration is not meant to reduce those components to just 28 days in a year.~~Jamon Jordan, Historian
Welcome to Season 4, Episode #185 of the YB2C Live! Podcast for Entrepreneurs, featuring our special guest, noted historian Jamon Jordan, from Detroit, Michigan. We record this podcast weekly from our studio in the Green Garage Coworking Community in Midtown Detroit.
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About Our Guest
Jamon Jordan is a noted historian, specializing in Black and African American history. He is the president of the Detroit chapter of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH). He is also the creator of the Detroit-based Black Scroll Network History & Tours, through which he provides lectures and walking tours about Black history in and around Detroit.
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What Our Guest Talked About
Jamon, an educator who is a featured repeat guest on this podcast, discussed the actual origin of Black History Month, including its evolution from “Negro History Week” founded in 1926 by Dr. Carter G. Woodson, the 2nd African American to graduate with a Ph.D. from Harvard. Jamon reminded us that Dr.Woodson chose the 2nd week in February for Negro History Week because that week included the birthdays of President Abraham Lincoln and abolitionist Frederick Douglass.
In the 1960s, it was a group of Black university students that lobbied for the expansion of Negro History Week to Black History month within the African American culture, and in 1976, President Gerald Ford made the celebration of Black History Month official at the federal level.
That is why Black History Month is in February; nobody “gave” it to us and/or relegated the celebration to “the shortest month of the year.” Jamon also stated that of course we celebrate Black History all year long, but we highlight important historical figures, accomplishments, and events in February. His analysis included the fact that of course he loves his mother all year long, but celebrates her specifically on Mother’s Day.
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Words of Wisdom
Jamon explained how he grew his passion for Black History into an actual business, and encourages everyone to learn about Black and African American history for themselves. There is so much more to know and appreciate than what is often taught in school.
In addition to the links above, you can also reach Jamon Jordan at 313.983.9216.
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