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Seniors SO60+ Social Group Feb 2016

February 2016

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The “SO60+ Social Group” is the new name for the Durwood Senior Center program. It is in the South Austin Neighborhood Center behind Gillis Park, 2508 Durwood Street. Click HERE for a Google Map.

Regular Events:

  • Free Lunch is served at 11:45 Monday through Friday!
  • Daily Walk ‘n Talk around Gillis Park at 9:30 Monday through Friday
  • Art with Marilyn 10:30 each Tuesday
  • Loteria at 10:30 each Wednesday
  • Tai Chi at 10:15 each Thursday
  • Bingo at 10:30 each Friday

Special Events This Month:

  • Friday 12th: Valentine’s Celebration

Closures This Month:

  • Monday 15th: Closed for President’s Day

Eligibility:

  • Anyone 60 and over can take part in the activities and free lunch. Reservations are not necessary, but the first day you attend, we have you fill out a form to register with us. The Manager will ensure that everyone gets a meal!

Contact:

  • 512-972-6891

 

Black History Month

Black History Month, also known as African-American History Month in America, is an annual observance in the United States for remembrance of important people and events in the history of the African American.

Prior to 1926, little information could be found regarding African American history. Important achievements were left out of history books. 50 years later, the week became a month, and today February is celebrated as African American History Month. The month of February was chosen because it celebrates the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, both of whom dramatically affected the lives of African Americans.

Frederick Douglass (1817-1895) was a writer, lecturer, editor, and civil rights activist who escaped slavery at age 21 and went on to campaign for the abolition of slavery, establish a newspaper, and hold the office of Minister to Haiti. He was a major voice in the anti-slavery/civil rights movement of his time.

Carter Godwin Woodson (1875-1950) was an African-American historian, author, journalist and the founder of the Association for the study of African American Life and History. Woodson was one of the first scholars to study African-American history. A founder of The Journal of Negro History in 1915, Woodson has been cited as the father of black history. In February 1926 he announced the celebration of “Negro History Week”, considered the precursor of Black History Month.

By 1929 The Journal of Negro History was able to note that with only two exceptions, officials with the State Departments of Educations of every state had made the event known to that state’s teachers and distributed official literature associated with the event. Churches also played a significant role in the distribution of literature during this initial interval, with the mainstream and black press aiding in the publicity effort.

Black History Week was met with enthusiastic response; it prompted the creation of black history clubs, an increase in interest among teachers, and interest from progressives. Black History Week grew in popularity throughout the following decades, with mayors across the United States endorsing it as a holiday. The expansion of Black History Week to Black History Month was first proposed by the leaders of the Black United Students at Kent State University in February 1969. The first celebration of the Black History Month took place at Kent State one year later, in February 1970.

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