ECA celebrates Black History Month

Feb 12, 2013

Each February, Education Corporation of America (ECA) celebrates Black History Month at its campuses and at the corporate offices. Black History Month is a time to commemorate achievements of African Americans on a national and a local level.

The commemoration started as Negro History Week in 1926 to recognize the role black persons played in the development of the United States. Its early advocate was Carter G. Woodson, an educator, historian and leader with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

According to DiversityInc, the second week of February was chosen to coincide with the birthdays of abolitionist Frederick Douglass and President Abraham Lincoln. In 1976, the federal government expanded the celebration to Black History Month.

Library staffers at Virginia College in Tulsa are helping their students celebrate Black History Month with a display of books written by or about African Americans. Some of the books are from the library's collection and others were donated to the library for the month. Students are invited to read the books in the library or check them out.

As part of the display the library staff has developed a trivia game, "Name That Famous Person." The staff posted pictures of 20 famous African Americans in the display and are encouraging students to test their history knowledge and build their research skills by using library resources to match the photos with information about the individual.