This web project began as a hobby during my sophomore year in high school. Growing up in the city of Detroit, I developed a desire to know more about my cultural roots in an era where income inequality was rising and racial segregation in schools was reoccurring at an alarming rate. At the same time, I noticed there were few websites that genuinely presented accessible information about African American history and culture. BHMAA has evolved into one of the best online educational resources on African American heritage.
I created Black History Month: The African American Experience because I believe Americans, particularly black youth, should understand and appreciate their cultural heritage. Too often, many black children grow up feeling confused and unmotivated. Many schools don't teach or offer a course on the history of African Americans. It is a history of struggle and hope, with many heroes who risked their lives so that we have civil and political rights. African American history IS American history, from the first blacks slaves who landed in the colony of Jamestown, Virginia in 1619 to the first elected black president of the United States in 2008. In nearly 400 years, African Americans influenced the political, economic, and cultural landscape of American society.
As a young professional living in Washington DC, I have worked at various nonprofit organizations that focus on diversity and social justice. I hold a bachelor's degree in education and social policy (with a concentration in African American Studies) from Northwestern University and master's degrees in higher education and social work from the University of Michigan. During my free time, I write about topics that raise awareness of discrimination, affirmative action, civil rights, and policy practice. I also highlight social justice-related accomplishments within the African American community.
Black History Month: The African American Experience is particularly designed for students (grades 9 and up), parents, teachers, college professors, curriculum specialists, and diversity specialists. Finally, I thank my parents for enriching my childhood with notable figures and milestones in African-American history. In the future, I may have guest bloggers contribute their ideas and reflections. Thank you for visiting my site and please sign the guestbook!