Black History Month 2018

As It Is In Heaven: The Politics of Jesus

Welcome. The Black History Month Planning Committee is excited to engage the entire Andrews University and surrounding Berrien Springs communities in a month long recognition and celebration of the struggles, triumphs, and contributions of African Americans and people of the African diaspora in the United States. Black History is our history. Read more

Each year beginning on February 1, an entire month of events is planned nationwide honoring the history and contributions of African Americans.

The national theme for Black History Month in 2018 is "African Americans in Times of War" honoring those brave men and women who served their countries in the armed forces, especially those who made the ultimate sacrifice while defending the American ideals of freedom and democracy.

During World War II, for example, more than 2.5 million black men registered for the draft and one million served as draftees or volunteers in every branch of the armed forces.

A decade before the first glimmers of the Amercan civil rights movement, most black men were assigned to segregated combat groups.

Even so, more than 12,000 black men who served in the segregated 92nd Division received citations or were decorated for "extraordinary heroism" on the battlefield. Perhaps more famously, the Tuskegee Airmen also became legendary for their heroic feats, and in total received a Distinguished Unit Citation, several silver stars, 150 distinguished flying crosses, fourteen bronze stars, and 744 air medals.

At war's end, recognition of the African-American contribution to the war effort would eventually lay the groundwork for the civil rights protests of the 1950s and 1960s.  (http://www.chiff.com/education/black-history-month.htm)

The image shown above, "First Colored Senator and Representatives in the 41st and 42nd Congress of the United States," is in the Public Doman and was first created December 31, 1871. Left to right: Senator Hiram Revels of Mississippi, Representatives Benjamin Turner of Alabama, Robert DeLarge of South Carolina, Josiah Walls of Florida, Jefferson Long of Georgia, Joseph Rainey and Robert B. Elliot of South Carolina.

Currier and Ives, scan from Library of Congress, restoration from Deviant Art

The Sankofa Bird is a mythic symbol expressed as a bird that flies forward while looking backward with an egg in its mouth. The egg symbolizes the future. The concept of Sankofa is derived from the Akan people in West Africa. The Akan express a phrase that literally translates to 'It is not taboo to go back and fetch what you forgot.' We can learn from this symbol that a full understanding of our roots (our history) can empower us for the present and the future. We must go back in order to move forward.

 

Pan-African colors are red, black and green. Red symbolizes the blood that unites all people of African ancestry and the blood that was shed for liberation. Black represents the people. Green represents the abundant wealth in natural resources of Africa and her people. These colors placed in three equal bands constitute the flag of unity for African Americans and all people of the African diaspora. It is also called the Black Liberation Flag or African Nationalist Flag.

 

Andrews University Chapel On Thursday, February 1, at 11:30 a.m., Andrews University is commemorating Black History Month with a special student chapel that is held annually in Pioneer Memorial Church. The speaker is Michael Nixon, JD the University's first vice president for Diversity & Inclusion.