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“Black History in the Making” Featuring People 30 & Under

Looking for Young Folks on the Road to Making Black History

As our nation’s annual observance of Black History Month kicks in once again, there’s no need to flip through history books in search of African-American history-makers. This year, in addition to highlighting African Americans who made history in the past, Spectacular Magazine also will showcase young Black people making history now!

Do you know an entrepreneur, innovator, activist, teacher, doctor, lawyer, corporate executive, sports player, student, artist, or inventor, etc. who is under the age of 30 and on the road to making future Black history? Submit them now to be featured here on our website! Click Here

When baseball great Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier some seventy years ago, he didn’t understand the magnitude of his narrative, because it all just felt like work.

In fact, the one thing that most of the people who are making Black History today have in common is this: they’re usually unaware of how significant and special their actions are, because to them it’s all about accomplishing a mission, and it doesn’t seem like there’s much time to lift up their heads and enjoy the fruits of their labor.

So, it’s Spectacular Magazine’s job as the observer, friend, neighbor and storyteller to celebrate Black History in the Making, while honoring the past and preparing the emerging black leaders for the future. If for no other reason, Spectacular Magazine celebrates Black History in the Making because acknowledgments in life are greater than a holiday after death.

History Of Black History Month

February is Black History Month, or National African American History Month. It is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history.

The event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating black history.

The story of Black History Month begins in 1915, half a century after the Thirteenth Amendment abolished slavery in the United States. That September, the Harvard-trained historian Carter G. Woodson and the prominent minister Jesse E. Moorland founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH), an organization dedicated to researching and promoting achievements by black Americans and other peoples of African descent.

Known today as the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), the group sponsored a national Negro History week in 1926, choosing the second week of February to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. The event inspired schools and communities nationwide to organize local celebrations, establish history clubs and host performances and lectures.

The NAACP was founded on February 12, 1909, the centennial anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln.

In the decades that followed, mayors of cities across the country began issuing yearly proclamations recognizing Negro History Week. By the late 1960s, thanks in part to the Civil Rights Movement and a growing awareness of black identity, Negro History Week had evolved into Black History Month on many college campuses.

President Gerald R. Ford officially recognized Black History Month in 1976, calling upon the public to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.” Since then, every American president has designated February as Black History Month.

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Phyllis Coley
Phyllis D. Coley is CEO/Publisher of Spectacular Magazine and Host of Spectacular Magazine Radio Show. With a B.A. in English from NCCU, the Durham native began her professional career as Promotions/Marketing Director for New York City’s WKTU-FM. While at the radio station, Coley discovered the rap group Kid ‘n Play and managed them for five years, guiding their music and movie careers to success. Moving back to Durham, Coley produced a nationally syndicated television show, The Electric Factory, while working as News Director for FOXY 107/104. In April 2002, recognizing a void in highlighting the achievements of African Americans, she started her own business publishing ACE Magazine. Coley launched Spectacular Magazine in November 2004. Recognizing the lack of pertinent and truthful information, Coley began Spectacular Magazine Radio Show in March 2009. Coley is the organizer of Durham's Annual MLK/Black History Month Parade and the Annual North Carolina Juneteenth Celebration. She currently serves on Central Children’s Home Board of Directors, Raleigh Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Advisors, as Immediate Past Secretary of the Durham Rotary Club Board of Directors and is one of the founding members of the Triangle United Way’s African American Leadership Initiative.

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