|Scholastic Kids Press Corps
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Black History Month
The achievements and contributions of African-Americans to U.S. history have been celebrated in this country since 1926. February became the month for recognition because it marks the birthdays of two men who positively influenced African Americans in the U.S.: Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln.
This year also marks the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Rides, which occurred in May 1961. Representative John Lewis (D-Georgia) was a key civil rights activist during that time. He spoke to Kid Reporter Henry Dunkelberger about those days when he was beaten and jailed fighting for a law that was on the books but not being observed in the south. A video of his powerful interview is below.
You will find many similar stories from Kid Reporters recognizing the achievements and accomplishments of African American leaders in this country. Check it out by taking a look at the stories below.
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by Fred Hechinger
Scholastic Kids Press Corps | February27,2013
The Church of the Intercession in New York was transformed into a movie theater recently for a very special event. On February 17, the church hosted a screening of the documentary King: A Filmed Recordā?¦ Montgomery to Memphis.
by Molly Pribble
Scholastic Kids Press Corps | February5,2013
On Monday, America celebrates the 100th birthday of a civil rights icon: Rosa Parks. Parks was born on February 4, 1913. For the first 42 years of her life, she was an ordinary citizen. But all that changed during a simple bus ride.
by Abigail Gerber
Scholastic Kids Press Corps | February23,2011
While the heart of the Civil Rights Movement was in the Deep South, a similar struggle was happening in Phoenix, Arizona, which was called the "Mississippi of the West" because it segregated blacks from whites in public places.
by Nick Berray
Scholastic Kids Press Corps | February8,2011
Most young students have never heard of her, but she is one of the most inspirational and influential African American writers of all time. With a new young adult book, a younger generation is about to find out about Zora Neale Hurston.
by Emma Hall
Scholastic Kids Press Corps | February23,2010
Nashville celebrated the 50th anniversary of the lunch counter sit-ins that helped gain wide public support for the civil rights movement with a program featuring Emmy-award winning political and social writer Juan Williams.
by Madeleine Horner
Scholastic Kids Press Corps | January29,2010
When artist Kadir Nelson began his illustrations of the book Testing the Ice, his goal was to "tell the story with pictures." His challenge was to do that in a way that went beyond turning words into drawings.
by Jeremy Sutton
Scholastic Kids Press Corps | January12,2010
Kid Reporter Jeremy Sutton reviews the book March On! The Day My Brother Martin Changed the World.
by Robyn Haynes
Scholastic Kids Press Corps | March13,2007
Like Amelia Earhart in her day, Chrystal Cole knew early on that she had to fly. Earhart discovered her desire to soar at a state fair when she was 10. Cole was in the sixth grade when she got her inspiration to fly from Earhart!
Scholastic Kids Press Corps | Take a look at the power of this book about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s most famous speech. March On! was written about the "I Have a Dream" speech. It was delivered by King during a march on Washington, D.C., on August 28, 1963.