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. ***

February 10, 2012
Andante Higgins, a San Francisco native, has worked in television news for a decade with the last seven years in New York City. Dante worked for most of this time in network news at CBS, where he continues as producer.While at CBS News, Dante was... more »
February 11, 2012
James Mercer Langston Hughes was an American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist. He was one of the earliest innovators of the then-new literary art form jazz poetry. Hughes is best known for his work during the Harlem... more »
February 12, 2012
Maxie C. Jackson III serves as President & Chief Executive Officer for the National Federation of Community Broadcasters (NFCB).Jackson has served as Senior Director Program Development at New York Public Radio (WNYC) involved in strategic... more »
February 13, 2012
Randall Kenan is an American author of fiction and nonfiction. Raised in a rural community in North Carolina, Kenan has focused his fiction on what it means to be black and gay in the southern United States. Among his books is the collection of... more »
February 14, 2012
Clarence E. Lang is an Associate Professor in the African American Studies, and the Department of History at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He received a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia, where he minored... more »
February 15, 2012
Julius Lester is an American author of books for children and adults, and taught for 32 years (1971–2003) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He is also a photographer, as well as a musician who recorded two albums of folk music and original... more »
February 16, 2012
Arielle Loren is a writer and filmmaker that offers real-life commentary on women’s issues, sexuality, health, and travel. She has written for Jezebel, Racialicious, Carnal Nation, Ebony, Vibe Vixen, Clutch, and Frugivore magazine. As a filmmaker,... more »
February 17, 2012
William Manning Marable was an American professor of public affairs, history and African-American Studies at Columbia University. Marable founded and directed the Institute for Research in African-American Studies. Marable authored several texts and... more »
February 18, 2012
Chandra McCormick is a documentary photographer who chronicles the sociocultural aspects of human life. Born in New Orleans in 1957, her career background includes photography, activism, and history, which has given her a unique capability to focus... more »
February 19, 2012
Former entertainment executive turned coach Pamela Mitchell is founder and CEO of The Reinvention Institute.  She is a popular and in-demand speaker who gives talks around the country to individuals, corporations and industry groups who are... more »