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baton THURSDAY, FEBURARY 3, 2011 rouge, louisiana Vol. 35 • No. 40 a people’s publication Carter G. Woodson The Father of Black History Today, the month of February is dedicated to the teaching of black history. Advocates say it takes a month because there is so much history to tell. But that was not always the case. Through the early decades of the 20th Century, teaching about the African-American experience focused on the issue of slavery. In that telling of history, black Americans were victims, and there were few lessons about black contributions to American history, culture and society. Carter Godwin Woodson sought to change that, making it his cause to teach the broad spectrum of African-American history to all Americans, black and white alike. To call attention to the issue, he established Negro History Week in 1926; today, that weeklong focus on African-American contributions to America has expanded and evolved into Black History Month. And Carter G. Woodson is acknowledged as the Father of Black History. Woodson himself was the son of former slaves. He was born in rural Virginia in 1875, where he spent most of his time working on his family’s small farm. Growing up, he was able to attend school only four months a year. Yet the fact that he could read and write distinguished Woodson from Carter Godwin Woodson many of the people he met while growing up in rural America, and encouraged his lifelong passion for education. Although he had an appetite for learning and a special interest in the history of African- Americans, it was not until he was 20 that Woodson was able to begin a program of formal schooling. Once he began, he did not stop. After completing high school in just two years, Wood- son enrolled in Berea College where he earned a bachelor’s degree. He then attended the University of Chicago, were he was awarded a second undergraduate degree and a master’s degree. In 1912, he became the second African-American ever to earn a Ph. D. at Harvard University. Meanwhile, Woodson supported himself as a school teacher and principal. For a time, he taught in the Philippines, and then he studied at the Sorbonne in Paris. After moving to Washington, D.C. to research his dissertation at the Library of Congress he taught in the city’s segregated public school system. In addition to his studies and teaching, Woodson had become an author. In 1915, he published his first book, “The Education of the Negro Prior to 1861.” That same year, he participated in the Exposition of Negro Progress, which marked the 50th anniversary of emancipation. Before the year was out, Woodson had founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History -today, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. Woodson explained the mission of the association, which would become his life’s See woodson, on page 2 Safety Officials say for The Louisiana Black History Hall of Fame host Super Bowl: Fans Don’t it’s 20th Anniversary Benefit Gala featuring the Let Fans Drive Drunk “Torches of Life Award” Induction Ceremony BATON ROUGE – Football fans across Louisiana and the nation are excited about the Feb. 6 Super Bowl XLV match up between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Green Bay Packers. However, the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission is warning fans who are celebrating with alcohol to use good judgment and not drink and drive. Super Bowl Sunday has become one of America’s most popular and entertaining sporting events. Even though the New Orleans Saints did not make it to Super Bowl XLV, many Louisiana sports fans will still watch the game at parties, bars or other establishments where alcohol is served. “During Super Bowl celebrations, everyone can play a role in safety by either remaining sober or arranging for a designated driver,” said Lt. Col. John LeBlanc, executive director of the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission. “Watching the big game on Sunday is a great American tradition. We BATON ROUGE, LA - In honor of Black History month, The Louisiana Black History Hall of Fame will celebrate 20 years of preserving and honoring successful African American History and its inductees. The Inductee Honor Roll include national and state achievers such as Johnny Cochran, Joseph Delpit, Doug Williams, Eddie Robinson Sr., Rupert Richardson, Clementine Hunter, Madam C. J. Walker, to name a few; and at the Anniversary Celebration--greatness continues as Baton Rouge native Ms. Lynn Whitfield is inducted into The Louisiana Black History Hall of Fame in the category of Art-Music-Entertainment. Ms. Whitfield has a successful career in the entertainment industry and her works were so honored that she received an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Special and a NAACP Image Award for her performance See safety, on page 3 See awards, on page 2 The Baton Rouge Bus Boycott Of 1953 Lynn Whitfield Local & State News Business News Byron Weathersby, the founder and CEO of Beautiful Black magazine pictured with his wife and children. Weathersby died unexpectedly last weeked. Beautiful Black Magazine Founder, CEO Dies The community is mourning the loss of a man whose mission was to empower the Black community. Byron Weathersby, the founder and CEO of Beautiful Black magazine, died suddenly this weekend. The bi-monthly magazine featured news about family, health, education, and others issues affecting African Americans. Weathersby was a native of New Orleans who came Baton Rouge after Katrina destroyed his home. He was a member of Living Faith Christian Center in Baton Rouge. His funeral will be held at the Household of Faith Family Worship Church in New Orleans on Saturday. He was a married father of two children. LSU Program Celebrates Memory of Astronaut Ronald McNair on 25th Anniversary of Challenger Explosion Ronald McNair Program offers underrepresented populations increased chance of earning Ph.D. BATON ROUGE – Jan. 28 marks the 25th anniversary of the Challenger Space Shuttle explosion, one of the most devastating events in the United States’ history. Ronald E. McNair, one of seven crew members who perished in the tragedy, was only the country’s second African American astronaut. But McNair’s death in the Challenger mission did not define his life. Rather, his love for education and pursuit of excellence are what he left behind. Despite racial tensions during the 1950s and 1960s, McNair was able to excel academically, and received a bachelor’s degree in physics from North Carolina State University, graduating magna cum laude. At 26, he received his doctorate in physics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His academic and professional achievements were stellar: a Presidential Scholar, Health News Ronald McNair Ford Foundation Fellow and Omega Psi Phi Scholar of the Year. He also was named Distinguished National Scientist by the National Society of Black Professional Engineers. He developed an expertise in laser physics while working at the Hughes Research Laboratory in Malibu, Calif. In 1978, NASA See explosion, on page 2 religion News Heritage was founded and directed by Clarence Jones will host its annual “Festival of Negro Spirituals” on Saturday, February 5, 2011 at 3:00 p.m. at Mt. Zion First Baptist Church...See Page 6 INDEX Clinton Mardi Gras Parade The Baton Rouge bus boycott started the direct action phase of the modern civil rights movement. It occurred in 1953, before the more famous Montgomery bus boycott from 1955-56. In 1953, Baton Rouge, Louisiana was under the Jim Crow system of segregation of the races...See Page 3 On February 19th, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. the town Clinton will be hosting its 6th Annual Mardi Gras parade. The parade in conjunction with the monthly Community Market and the theme this year is “Stars.”...See Page 2 Equipping Small Businesses A workshop has been scheduled to prepare small businesses for competing for state and local contracting opportunities. Local resource agencies will provide information on upcoming opportunities, qualifications. ..See Page 5 Capital Area ‘Goes Red’ The American Heart Association invites the public across the state to wear red on Friday, February 4th to help raise awareness of heart disease as the number one killer of women. ..See Page 7 Local & State............................2 Commentary.............................4 Business....................................5 Classified..................................5 Religion....................................6 Health.......................................7 Black History.............................8 Classified Buying or selling a service, looking for a good job or a good used car? Check out the classifeds . THEWEEKLYPRESS.COM Celebrating 35 Years Of Service To The Baton Rouge Community 225.775.2002

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