[library-media] SIRS Spotlights of the Month -- February

Paula Zsiray paula.zsiray@cache.k12.ut.us
Thu, 6 Feb 2003 12:31:16 -0700


SIRS FEBRUARY SPOTLIGHTS OF THE MONTH

FOCUS ON BLACK HISTORY MONTH

SIRS RESEARCHER

Black History Month is an annual remembrance of the black experience in =
the
United States, focusing on such issues as race discrimination, slavery, =
the
Civil War, famous Black Americans and the civil rights movement.  The
purpose is to bring attention to the problems African Americans have =
faced
and in some cases still endure in their determination to reach racial
equality.  It is also an opportunity to recognize the achievements of =
Black
Americans, many of whom overcame significant obstacles to achieve =
success.
SIRS Researcher provides many articles from numerous sources that cover =
the
black experience.  Articles include "Activists Challenge Corporations =
That
They Say Are Tied to Slavery," "Marcus Garvey and the Rise of Black
Nationalism," "Little Rock's Central High: Looking Back," "W.E.B. Du =
Bois
and the Dilemma of Race" and "The Rebirth of Malcolm X."

SIRS GOVERNMENT REPORTER

SIRS Government Reporter focuses on Black History Month by covering the
various aspects of African American history. Celebrated annually, Black
History Month  recognizes the achievements and contributions made by =
African
Americans to our nation's economic, cultural and political development. =
It
is a time to celebrate the diversity of our nation, as well as a time to
remember the struggles of African Americans in their quest for equality.
Topics such as slavery, the Civil Rights Movement, African Americans'
military service, the landmark Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board =
of
Education and the lives of prominent African Americans are featured in =
the
following articles on SIRS Government Reporter: "The Remarkable Legacy =
of
Selina Gray,"  "The Resegregation of Our Nation's Schools: A Troubling
Trend," "Tuskegee Airmen Return to Skies at McGuire," "The 38th =
Anniversary
of the March on Washington" and "Voices of the Slave Trade."

SIRS RENAISSANCE

>From Civil Rights leaders and government officials to artists and
entertainers, African Americans have played an integral role in shaping =
the
history of the United States. Yet for many years, their contributions =
went
unrecognized. It was not until the 20th century that African Americans =
began
to be acknowledged for their achievements. In 1926, Dr. Carter G. =
Woodson, a
distinguished Harvard scholar, designated the second week of February =
"Negro
History Week" as a means of disseminating honest and frequently =
overlooked
information about African Americans. Today, we dedicate the entire month =
of
February to celebrating the extraordinary accomplishments of African
Americans. SIRS Renaissance offers a wealth of articles on notable =
African
Americans and their profound cultural and artistic contributions, =
including
"A Date with Dizzy Gillespie," "Twistin' the Night Away with Sam Cooke," =
"A
Jazz Giant's Lost Legacy: Long-Forgotten Blues Opera Resurrected," =
"Hip-Hop
Takes Center Stage on Broadway,"

"Black, Muslim, and American" and "Maya Angelou, a Life Well =
Chronicled."

SIRS DISCOVERER

SIRS Discoverer Spotlight of the Month celebrates Black History Month. =
Black
History Month was created to recognize and honor the contributions of
African Americans to American history and culture. In the early 1800s,
slaves used music and singing to defy their owners and lift their =
spirits.
This "slave music" eventually led to the birth of some popular types of
American music, such as blues, jazz and rock'n'roll. African culture and
traditions are also the basis of an African-American holiday called =
Kwanzaa.
This holiday was created in 1966 to highlight and incorporate African =
values
and traditions, and today has become an important holiday for many =
people.
African Americans, such as Colin Powell, Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman and =
many
others have also made important contributions to history and society.
Information about notable African Americans, holidays, history and more =
can
be found in such SIRS Discoverer articles as "Slave Music," "Follow the
Drinking Gourd: North to Freedom," "Kwanzaa: An American Holiday" and =
"From
Soldier to Statesman."

SPOTLIGHT OF THE MONTH topics are selected mainly from CHASE'S CALENDAR =
OF
EVENTS. Articles are also accessible within the main database and remain =
in
the SIRS SPOTLIGHT OF THE MONTH ARCHIVE for one year. For more =
information
about SPOTLIGHT OF THE MONTH on SIRS RESEARCHER, SIRS GOVERNMENT =
REPORTER,
SIRS RENAISSANCE or SIRS DISCOVERER, call 1-800-232-7477 or visit
www.sirs.com.