I Have Heard and Kept It – Black History Month

So today I’ll begin mentioning various facts relating to Black History Month – which will carry on for the rest of the month ending with a contest to win some random prizes.  As mentioned in the beginning of February ZeVin Creations will be starting some new series of cards/other products focused on our Heritage Collection in honor of Black History Month.

I Have Heard and Kept It CardNow some cards we’ve made randomly within the Heritage collection were related to symbols as they relate to different cultures/heritages so in the past you’ve seen us design a card built around an Adrinka Symbol, a Chinese letter, or other symbols.  It’s official now that we are going to continue doing those cards but turn them into a mini-series with the Heritage Collection. 

The card to the left is one of our newest cards which is based off the Adrinka Symbol Ntesie-mate masie – which is the symbol of wisdom and knowledge.  If you translated the meaning of the words Ntesie -mate masie it is “I have heard and kept it”.  Which in my opinion truly relates to history!  History of all cultures and people are passed down via stories of past events or other’s lives.  As a child I was always told to really pay attention to what my elders said for their wisdom would help me be successful in life — well that is what Black History means to me — from listening to stories from family members, reading books, or watching documentaries  I gain and aspect of how my African American culture was impacted it’s history.

Black History Month originated in 1926 by Carter Godwin Woodson as Negro History Week as an initiative to bring national attention to the contributions of Black people throughout American history.The month of February was chosen in honor of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln (both born in February).  – Supplied by Biography  When the month began Black history had barely been studied or documented. Despire African Americans being in America since colonial times,  it was not until the 20th century that they gained a respectable presence in the history books.  The unique thing is that if you look throughout history some other significant events related to African Americans took place during the month of February and here are a few:

  • February 1, 1960:
    In what would become a civil-rights movement milestone, a group of black Greensboro, N.C., college students began a sit-in at a segregated Woolworth’s lunch counter.
  • February 3, 1870:
    The 15th Amendment was passed, granting blacks the right to vote.
  • February 12, 1909:
    The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was founded by a group of concerned black and white citizens in New York City.
  • Born to parents who were former slaves, Carter G Woodson spent his childhood working in the Kentucky coal mines and enrolled in high school at age twenty. He graduated within two years and later went on to earn a Ph.D. from Harvard. The scholar was disturbed to find in his studies that history books largely ignored the African American population-and when African Americans did figure into the picture, it was generally in ways that reflected the inferior social position they were assigned at the time.  Because of what he noticed Woodson decided to take on the challenge of writing African Americans into the nation’s history. He established the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (now called the Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History) in 1915, and a year later founded the widely respected Journal of Negro History.

    Stay tuned for more Black History Month facts and cards.  We will be posting about the contest later next week(trying to get some more prizes).

    Keep Making Gifts Within A Card!

    Maranda

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