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A Year in Review: Wesleyan Edition

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As the 2018-2019 school year comes to an end, we reminisce on the events, competitions, holidays and people which have been beneficial to shaping our character as well as influential to the school. Seniors are saying their goodbyes to the people and place they have resided in and others are saying a farewell to next year. Keep Reading

Because of Them…I Can: Black History Month

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    Black History Month chapel participants pose for a picture after chapel. Sophie Zetzsche.
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    Singers perform a Negro Spiritual song at Black History Month chapel. Dr. Pinkett Smith.
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    Junior Lauren Hill speaks at Black History Month chapel. Dr. Pinkett Smith. Sophie Zetzsche.

People often think of February as the month of love, complete with boxes of heart-shaped chocolate and teddy bears, but behind the lovey-dovey-ness that is Valentine’s Day, February also brings with it the month-long celebration that is Black History Month.

Black History Month is the “annual celebration by African Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of blacks in U.S. history” (History.com). The event started as “Negro History Week” in 1926. The idea originated from Carter G. Woodson, an African American historian, author, journalist and the founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (History.com). Woodson is famous for a lot of the books he wrote, but his most famous book is the Mis-Education of the Negro teaching African American self-empowerment (Biography.com).

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Wesleyan Community Starts Black History Dialogue

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In the United States, and now many other countries, February has been nationally recognized as Black History Month for 42 years. The month-long celebration and informative holiday expanded from Negro History Week, which took place during the second week of February, beginning in 1926.

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Wesleyan Celebrates Black History Month

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The month of February is celebrated annually at Wesleyan and across the U.S. as Black History Month. This month is a celebration of the accomplishments of black Americans and highlights the importance of African Americans in the history of the United States. Keep Reading

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