Black History Month 2012

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For Black History Month 2012, the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education website celebrates 28 individuals. One for each day of February, the shortest month of the year.

The lives of these Americans are worthy of celebration and further study, which our short profiles hope to encourage. The women and men included are writers, editors, journalists, publishers, trailblazers and change makers. They remind us of the rich contributions African Americans make and have made in the world of words.

This is by no means a definitive or exhaustive listing. It’s a starting point for learning, comment and discussion during Black History Month - February, 2012 when our nation pays a little more attention to issues of diversity. Be heard. Tell us what you think and what we can learn!

*** Please follow these links to view our 2011 and 2013 Black History Month features. ***

January 31, 2012
Kwame Anthony Appiah is a Ghanaian-British-American philosopher, cultural theorist, and novelist whose interests include political and moral theory, the philosophy of language and mind, and African intellectual history. Kwame Anthony Appiah grew up... more »
February 1, 2012
Derrick Albert Bell, Jr. was the first tenured African-American professor of Law at Harvard University, and largely credited as the originator of Critical Race Theory. He was the former dean of the University of Oregon School of Law.Bell is arguably... more »
February 2, 2012
Cathy J. Cohen is an American author, feminist and social activist whose work has focused on the African American experience in politics from a perspective which is underlined by intersectionality. A former Director of the Center for the Study of... more »
February 3, 2012
Zachary R. Dowdy has been adjunct instructor in Stony Brook’s journalism program since January 2003. The 1989 graduate of Stony Brook University has worked for The Boston Herald, where he covered breaking news and The Boston Globe, where he covered... more »
February 4, 2012
Amy DuBois Barnett is an award-winning print and online media executive, writer and motivator. She is the author of an empowering advice book for women, Get Yours! How To Have Everything You Ever Dreamed of and More (Doubleday/Broadway Books, 2007... more »
February 5, 2012
Henry Louis Gates, Jr., is an American literary critic, educator, scholar, writer, editor, and public intellectual. He was the first African American to receive the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship. He has received numerous honorary degrees... more »
February 6, 2012
Patrice Elizabeth Grell Yursik is the creator of She created  the site in 2006 to fill a void that existed in print and in the blogosphere – a continual celebration of natural hair and women all shades of beautiful. Afrobella... more »
February 7, 2012
Angelina Weld Grimké was an Mixed American journalist, teacher, playwright and poet who was part of the Harlem Renaissance and was one of the first Mixed American women to have a play performed.Grimké wrote essays, short stories and poems which were... more »
February 8, 2012
Lorraine Hansberry was an African American playwright and author of political speeches, letters, and essays. Her best known work, A Raisin in the Sun, was inspired by her family's battle against racial segregation in Chicago. Hansberry contributed... more »
February 9, 2012
Chester Higgins, Jr. is an American photographer. Higgins has worked as a New York Times photographer since 1975 and has exhibited in museums throughout the world. His one-man exhibitions have appeared at the International Center of Photography, The... more »