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Black History

Features for Black History Month

NARA Records pertaining to American Slavery and the International Slave Trade Walter B. Hill Jr. has completed his publication, "NARA Records pertaining to American Slavery and the International Slave Trade", just in time to make the information accessible to online researchers during February, Black History Month. Online Resources:

President Obama's proclamation for National African American History Month

National African American History Month, 2010

A Proclamation by the President of the United States of America 

In the centuries since African Americans first arrived on our shores, they have known the bitterness of slavery and oppression, the hope of progress, and the triumph of the American Dream. African American history is an essential thread of the American narrative that traces our Nation's enduring struggle to perfect itself. Each February, we recognize African American History Month as a moment to reflect upon how far we have come as a Nation, and what challenges remain. This year's theme, "The History of Black Economic Empowerment," calls upon us to honor the African Americans who overcame injustice and inequality to achieve financial independence and the security of self empowerment that comes with it.

Nearly 100 years after the Civil War, African Americans still faced daunting challenges and indignities. Widespread racial prejudice inhibited their opportunities, and institutional discrimination such as black codes and Jim Crow laws denied them full citizenship rights. Despite these seemingly impossible barriers, pioneering African Americans blazed trails for themselves and their children. They became skilled workers and professionals. They purchased land, and a new generation of black entrepreneurs founded banks, educational institutions, newspapers, hospitals, and businesses of all kinds.

This month, we recognize the courage and tenacity of so many hard-working Americans whose legacies are woven into the fabric of our Nation. We are heirs to their extraordinary progress. Racial prejudice is no longer the steepest barrier to opportunity for most African Americans, yet substantial obstacles remain in the remnants of past discrimination. Structural inequalities -- from disparities in education and health care to the vicious cycle of poverty -- still pose enormous hurdles for black communities across America.

Overcoming today's challenges will require the same dedication and sense of urgency that enabled past generations of African Americans to rise above the injustices of their time. That is why my Administration is laying a new foundation for long-term economic growth that helps more than just a privileged few. We are working hard to give small businesses much-needed credit, to slash tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas, and to give those same breaks to companies that create jobs here at home. We are also reinvesting in our schools and making college more affordable, because a world class education is our country's best roadmap to prosperity.

These initiatives will expand opportunities for African Americans, and for all Americans, but parents and community leaders must also be partners in this effort. We must push our children to reach for the full measure of their potential, just as the innovators who succeeded in previous generations pushed their children to achieve something greater. In the volumes of black history, much remains unwritten. Let us add our own chapter, full of progress and ambition, so that our children's children will know that we, too, did our part to erase an unjust past and build a brighter future.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim February 2010 as National African American History Month. I call upon public officials, educators, librarians, and all the people of the United States to observe this month with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this first day of February, in the year of our Lord two thousand ten, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fourth.


African Student Alliance

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The Advisers and president speak

"AASA is a much needed source of fellowship among the Foothill High School students. It includes many benefits such as education, tutoring, and a means to bring together and learn about all cultures."  -Mrs. Thompson, adviser

"The African American Student Alliance is a spaced designated to inform and educate African Americans and others about the significant contributions made by African Americans. The purpose of organizing this club is to empower students and give them a voice and a solid foundation from which to speak." -Mr. Mugambee

"AASA is more than an organization, for it's a community inside a community. It's a place to learn from each other and the society around us. By promoting principles of academic excellence and unity, AASA strengthens the birth of today's leaders in the African American society. Being involved in AASA has taught me to continue striving towards excellence even though bumps may hit you on the way there. I encourage students to join AASA to expand their knowledge of the traditional values and cultural heritage of the African diaspora." - senior Nyesha Johnson Blewett, president


Black History Links

Kids can learn more about Black History Month with these additional links.  Great resources and websites to celebrate Black history and culture with facts, games, print coloring pages and more.  These sites were checked for appropriate content before we linked to them. Thank you and have fun!

How to Celebrate Black History Month with Kids
Check out our craft ideas, activities, and educational stories perfect for honoring Black History Month at home or in the classroom.

Kaboose Martin Luther King, Jr. Links
Find the best sites around describing the man and his mission!

Academy of Achievement: Rosa Parks
Meet the woman who proved that a single human being can change the world!

African Heritage Animated Electronic Greeting Cards
Find African cards for any occasion including fabulous February greetings for Black History month and Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Black History Month from DLTK's Crafts
Create these cool cultural crafts to celebrate freedom and civil rights all over the world.

Education First: Black History Activities
Enter this web guide to find references for almost any Black History subject.

History Channel- Celebrate Black History Month
Get short bios on many prominent African- American figures in history.

Black History Books
Check out these featured reading ideas for Black History Month.

Powerful Days in Black and White
Photojournalist Charles Moore documents the black and white of the Civil Rights Movement in the south. Some of these photos may be disturbing, so we recommend parental guidance and discussion.

The African-American Mosaic Exhibition
Discover the driving forces behind Colonization, Abolition, Migrations, and the WPA through this exhibit offered by the Library of Congress.

The Internet African American History Challenge
Try this 3 level Black History quiz, and see how well you can read and learn! It's open-book!


An interactive Treasure Hunt
Bring good luck with these easy to make cookies.
Crossword puzzle filled with words to test your knowledge.

Printable Fill-In-The-Blanks

How much do you know about Black historical figures?

George Washington Carver
Martin Luther King Jr.
Jesse Owens
Rosa Parks

Coloring Pages

Printable coloring pages of some famous Black historical figures.

Rosa Parks
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Jackie Robinson
George Washington Carver


Encyclopedia of Prominent African-Americans
Harriet Tubman, Her life in words
Learn about the first African-American US President, Barack Obama


The Story of Black History Month
Almost since its inception in 1925, Black History Month has served the broad purpose of educating all Americans about the roles African-Americans have played in the history of the U.S.

  About Black History Month
Carter G. Woodson: The Father of Black History
In 1926, Carter G. Woodson, the son of slaves, established Negro History Week to promote the teaching of African-American history to blacks and whites alike.
President Obama's proclamation for National African American History Month
A Black History Reading List
Black History Month by the numbers
  Black Americans You Never Heard Of (But Should Know)
Jane Bolin: Your Honor
African-Americans have contributed to American society in every walk of life, and one purpose of Black History Month is to call attention to some of those who may have escaped notice. Here are 10 brief biographies from the Profile America series produced by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Bessie Coleman: Pilot Project
Zora Neale Hurston: The Write Stuff
Joseph Lee: Satisfying a 'Knead'
Garrett Morgan: Signal Achievements
William Grant Still: The Sounds of Music
Sarah Breedlove Walker: One in a Million
Ida B. Wells: The Original Rosa Parks
Daniel Hale Williams: A Lifesaver at Heart
Paul Williams: Architect to the Stars
  Up Close and Personal: Visiting Black History
Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site (Georgia)
The National Park Service maintains a number of historic sites associated with black history. Ten of those sites are featured here, each with a link to visitors information from the park service.
Boston African American National Historic Site (Massachusetts)
Brown vs. Board of Education Nat'l Historic Site (Kansas)
Fort Davis National Historic Site (Texas)
Frederick Douglass Home (Washington, D.C.)
Harpers Ferry National Historic Park (Virginia)
New Orleans Jazz National Historic Park (Louisiana)
Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial (California)
Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail (Alabama)
Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site (Alabama


About the African Student Alliance

African Students' Alliance is an organization that shines light on the cultural diversity of the African continent through educational events. We strive to engage the Foothill High community in matters concerning Africa, its challenges and progress. We welcome all students irrespective of their cultural background, and teach respect and love for all of mankind. Students develop leadership skills, have more community service opportunities, and participate in fun events such as poetry nights.


Useful Information

AASA meets Wednesdays at lunch in Mrs. Thompson's room (N-5). Membership requirements are a $5 free, and membership is open to all Foothill High School students.

Major Events

1. International Week (October 15-19, 2012) expresses and celebrates different ethnic cultures.

2. Black Student Union (BSU) Conference at UC Davis

3. Black Family Weekend celebrates families and unity in the African American Community.

4. Black History Month Celebration, (February 2013)celebrates Black History Month with performances, art, and activities.

5. Kwanzaa celebration (December 13th, 2012) celebrates the roots of African-American cultural heritage and traditional values.

Celebrate Black History Month in Sacramento with these events in
February and March.



MARCH EXPO – The 1000 Black Women March Rally and Expo begins at Broadway and MLK Blvd. at 9 a.m. then proceeds to the Dr. Ephraim Williams Life Center for a Career, Health Wealth Expo.
When: Feb. 2, 9 a.m. march, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. expo
Location: March at Broadway and MLK Blvd. Dr. Ephraim Williams Life Center, 3996 14th Ave., Sac.
Cost: Free
More Info: (916) 519-6606


FESTIVAL – The Sacramento Valley Section of the National Council of Negro Women will host its 19th Annual Sweet Potato Festival.
When: Feb. 9, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Samuel C. Pannell Community Center, 2450 Meadowview Road, Sac.
Cost: Free
More Info: (916) 491-6850


BUSINESS EXPO – The Business 2 Business Summit Expo will provide information about procurement and networking to black businesses in the area.
When: Feb. 22, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: CalPERS Headquarters, 200 P St., Sac.
Cost: Call
More Info:


CONFERENCE – New Faze Development CEO Allen W. Warren will keynote the luncheon at the 19th Annual African American Young Male Conference. Attendees must be between ages 12 to 18.
When: Feb. 23, 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: Consumnes River College, 8401 Center Parkway, Sac.
Cost: Free
More Info: (916) 428-8203 or John at (916) 501-7640

FAMILY EXPO – The Black Family Expo will feature a Soul Food Festival, Gospel Jam Concert and a Black Dollar Days Expo.
When: Feb. 23
Location: Sacramento High School, 2315 34th St., Sac.
Cost: Free
More Info: (916) 519-6606 or

CONCERT – Six African American women merge their a cappella voices and hand percussion instruments to create Honey in the Rock.
When: Feb. 23, 8 p.m.
Location: Mondavi Center, Jackson Hall, Davis
Cost: $49, $44, $39 general, $24.50, $22, $19.50 student and children. Buy online.
More Info: (866) 754-ARTS


PERFORMANCE – The Underground Railway Theatre performs “Are You Ready, My Sister?,” a story about Harriet Tubman. Pre-matinee classroom talk available.
When: March 5 to 7, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. daily
Location: Mondavi Center, Studio Theatre, Davis
Cost: $11 teacher, $7 student
More Info: (866) 754-ARTS or Phyllis Zerger at (9530) 756-1076 for classroom talk


CONCERT – Musician Allen Toussaint and blueswoman Marcia Ball performs.
When: March 7, 8 p.m.
Location: Mondavi Center, Jackson Hall, Davis
Cost: $42, $37, $32 general, $21, $18.50, $16 student and child. Buy online.
More Info: (866) 754-ARTS


CONCERT – MacArthur Fellow and violinist Regina Carter will perform contemporary jazz.
When: March 22, 8 p.m.
Location: Mondavi Center, Jackson Hall, Davis
Cost: $42, $37, $32 general, $21, $18.50, $16 student and child. Buy online.
More Info: (866) 754-ARTS


DANCE – The Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre brings its 50th Anniversary Tour to Mondavi showcasing new works as well as Ailey classics. There is a pre-performance lecture March 26 at the Studio Theatre at 7 p.m.
When: March 25 and 26, 8 p.m. nightly. March 26 school matinee at 11 a.m.
Location: Mondavi Center, Jackson Hall, Davis
Cost: $59, $49, $39 general, $20, $18, $16 student and child. Buy online. For matinee, $11 teacher, $7 student.
More Info: (866) 754-ARTS


BLACK EXPO – The Observer Media Group hosts its annual Black Expo with informational booths, celebrity appearances, food court and family activities.
When: March 28 to 30, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Location: Sacramento Convention Center, 1400 J St., Sac.
Cost: Free
More Info: (916) 452-4781 or


SPEAKER – Author Dr. Michael Eric Dyson will be a guest speaker at The Observer Media Group’s Black Expo 30 Under 30 award ceremony.
When: March 29, 8 a.m.
Location: Sacramento Convention Center
Cost: Free
More Info: (916) 452-4781 or