Black History Month: Reflections from the 2013 Observances
Posted on: March 12, 2013
Black History Month: Reflections from the 2013 Observances

Black History Month was first held in the United States in February 1926, and was created as a way to celebrate the importance of Blacks in U.S. history and as part of our nation’s diverse culture.  Now that the nation’s 87th Black History Month is part of history itself, it’s a good time to take a look back at what kind of observances were held in communities served by Bright House Networks.

Here’s a roundup of some of the many Black History Month observances from 2013:

  • The Manatee Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) held its Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Breakfast Celebrating Black History Month on Saturday, February 6at the 13th Avenue Dream Center in Bradenton, FL. The annual NAACP Breakfast honors local high school seniors working to advance to college. Bright House Networks sponsored a student scholarship. “We are so grateful for the strong support of our community and the continued support from organizations such as Bright House Networks.  Attendance at events like this help to support our effort to become a community and country where we are all proud to call home,” said Susie Copeland, NAACP Manatee Branch President.
  • The Black History Month Brain Bowl was held again this year in Daytona Beach at Daytona State College on Feb. 23, and featured students from four high school teams competing for laptops and other prizes. The National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) Daytona Beach Section oversaw the competition, which was sponsored by Bright House Networks. “We are so appreciative of what Bright House Networks does to support the Black History Month Brain Bowl,” said Eyvette Presley of the NCNW.
  • Bright House Networks partnered with the Winter Park Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, a 21-year-old local chapter of the national organization founded at the University of Indiana in 1911 to include all those of any color, creed of national origin and dedicated to “principles of achievement,” for a  special Black History Month lesson and presentation on Feb. 28 at Carver Middle School in Winter Park, FL. To help carry out the Kappa Alpha Psi mission, the Winter Park Alumni Chapter, led by Arron Macon, presented Carver Middle School’s IT Department with new computers purchased with funds provided by Bright House Networks.

Bright House Networks supported these Black History Month events by advertising in special community newspapers, such as the Orlando Times, one of Florida’s largest and most influential African-American newspapers. As with the events, the goal of the Black History Month advertising is to make sure the dream of equality for all is kept alive, and celebrated as one of our nation’s strongest characteristics.

Did you do anything special this year to observe Black History Month?

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