Learn more about topics discussed during Cougar News! Each month will highlight a new topic and students will share new facts important to that month. This month is Black History Month. Take this opportunity to learn more about Black History Month and continue the conversation at home.
February – Black History Month
Feb. 5 – This week we are highlighting Olympic firsts:
- George Poage- First black athlete to medal at the Olympics, he won 2 bronze medals in Track and Field at the 1904 St. Louis games.
- Dehart Hubbard- First gold medal in an individual event, long jump 1924 Paris Olympics
- Alice Coachman was the first woman to win an individual medal, she won a gold medal for the high jump at the 1948 Olympic Games.
- Debbie Thomas –First black athlete to win an individual medal at the Winter Olympics. Debbie won a gold medal at the 1988 Calgary games in Ice skating.
Feb. 12 – This week we are highlighting writers:
- Toni Morrison was born in 1931 in Ohio. She has won both a Nobel Prize for literature and a Pulitzer Prize for her writing. She has written over 30 books while also teaching a different universities.
- Langston Hughes – Born in 1902 in Joplin Missouri and became a famous poet, playwright and novelist. He was part of the famous Harlem Renaissance during the 1920’s.
- W.E.B Du bois – Born in 1868 MR. Du bois was not only a novelist, who wrote over 40 books, he also is the Co-founder of the NAACP. He is also the first black man to earn a doctorate degree from Harvard University.
Feb. 19 – This week we are highlighting the arts:
- Whoopi Goldberg was born in 1955 in New York and she is the only black person to ever win an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony award. While known for comedy Goldberg, in her very first movie role she received an Oscar nomination for the movie “The Color Purple”
- Charley Pride born in 1938 is the first black man to be inducted into both the Grand Ole Opry and the Country music hall of fame. Mr. Pride was also the first black man to be nominated for Grammy in country music. Between the years of 1967 and 1987 Mr. Pride amassed over 52 top ten country hits.
Feb. 26 – This week are highlighting scientists:
- Henry O Flipper was born in 1856 and became the first black person to graduate West Point and the first black man to be an officer in the Army. After the army he was an engineer and worked for both the American and Mexican governments.
- Mae Jemison was born in 1956 and is the first black female to travel in space. She is not only an astronaut but she is also a medical doctor. No longer working for NASA, she now teaches at Cornell and Dartmouth and runs her own business.