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The movie "Selma" has fueled Black History Month 2015 into one that has made us look at
the past to see that it is mirroring the future.
The movie has sparked a national movement to make sure young people see what
happened regarding the Selma-to-Montgomery Marches and the 1965 Voting Rights Act.
There is a movement of sorts today to slowly erode voting rights. More Black History is
being made as history continues.
It should not be surprising that people are learning Black History through the arts and
media. Newspapers, television and radio reported what we call Black History today. One of
the reasons the Selma-to-Montgomery Marches made such an impact is the fact that the
media covered the marches. The world could see history in the making, including young
people. The coverage led to the signing of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.
Now an entertainment venue, the movie, has brought history to a new generation of young
people. Books, plays and poetry have also presented Black History in various ways. As 1
think back on it, that was how I learned much of my Black History until I went to college.
The Chronicles Black History Month special section is designed to provide information
and suggest resources to spur your interest in discovering the Black History you didn't
know and refresh your mind about the Black History you knew but might have forgotten.
We hope you will interact with us and share your thoughts about this special section and
Black History in general via the way that's best for you: email, Twitter, Facebook or our
website. You can also deliver your written message to our office.
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Q&A About Black History
With Dr. Paul Author Lowe, Jr 4
With Rev. Willard Bass, Jr. 6
With Cheryl Harry 7
With Donna Rogers 8
With You the Readers 10
Books Linked to Black History
Other non-fiction 14
The National African-American Read In 18
Angelou the Actress . 21
Black Movie Classics 24
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Cover art by Ron Rogers, who provides graphics for The Chronicle.