African American History

African American History Month is celebrated every February to honor the achievements of African Americans who have shaped American history.

African American History Month (or Black History Month) is celebrated every February to honor the achievements of African Americans who have shaped American history. Historian Carter G. Woodson hoped to raise awareness of African American's contributions to civilization by establishing Negro History Week. The event was first celebrated during a week in February 1926 that included both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass' birthdays. The week was later expanded to a month in 1976 during the United States bicentennial.

PHOTO: On March 20, 1969, Black hospital workers at the Medical College of South Carolina in Charleston went on strike to protest the firing of twelve employees and to call for higher wages and union recognition.

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Penn Center Overview | Let's Go!
Penn Center Overview | Let's Go!

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Penn Center is one of the most significant African American historical and cultural institutions in existence today. The historic campus is located on St. Helena Island, one of the most beautiful and...
Born To Rebel, Driven To Excel Learning Activity
Born To Rebel, Driven To Excel Learning Activity

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Dr. Benjamin Mays, educator, minister, and scholar, is seen as one of the most significant figures in American history. His influence of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., would cause America to change its...
A True Likeness Learning Activity
A True Likeness Learning Activity

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Choose one of the photographs featured in the documentary, A True Likeness. Analyze the photograph using the prompts from the learning activity.
Dr. Benjamin Mays | Carolina Snaps
Dr. Benjamin Mays | Carolina Snaps

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According to many scholars, this South Carolina native is one of the most significant figures in American history. Who is he, you ask? Let’s find out. As the son of freed sharecroppers, Dr. Benjamin...
Darius Rucker | S.C. Hall of Fame
Darius Rucker | S.C. Hall of Fame

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Darius Rucker (Darius Carlos Rucker (born May 13, 1966) is an American singer and songwriter. He first gained fame as the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist of rock band Hootie & the Blowfish, which...
3D VR - Bettis Academy | Let's Go!
3D VR - Bettis Academy | Let's Go!

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Established in Trenton (Edgefield County) in 1881 by the Reverend Alexander Bettis, this school provided former enslaved African Americans and their children with a basic education of reading and...
Bettis Academy Photo Gallery | Let's Go!
Bettis Academy Photo Gallery | Let's Go!

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Established in Trenton (Edgefield County) in 1881 by the Reverend Alexander Bettis, this school provided former enslaved African Americans and their children with a basic education of reading and...