About This Book
The 365 Days of Real Black History Calendar addresses a critical need in our communities: an understanding of our past, and how it relates to our present. When one of our readers, Robert Bailey, reached out to us in September 2010 and suggested that we publish a calendar based on the wide array of historical information covered in our books, it made sense immediately. For too long, “Black history” has been a very limited presentation. It’s either been:
|(A) random “trivia” about names and dates without any context of how those things came to be or how they affect us today,|
|(B) the “tame” version of history that ignores the militancy required to abolish slavery or obtain civil rights,|
|(C) a list of “famous firsts” which truly only highlights the first Blacks to be accepted by whites,|
|(D) missing any reference or relevance to modern culture, present-day struggle, or important developments like Hip Hop, or|
|(E) limited in its presentation of time or space, making “Black” seem like something limited to America and Africa, and something that only spans the past 500 years of history, beginning with slavery.|
In all, these weak representations of Black history have served to make history “uncool” for most Black youth, and nearly useless to those of us interested in understanding the roots to our present predicament. In reality, the story is so much greater, so much deeper, and so much stronger. And it needed to be told. Daily.
We designed the images and content around a specific theme for each month, as follows:
Thanks to the collective work of the writers, editors, designers, and reviewers, we’ve been able to – once again – rewrite history. Literally. We’re setting a new standard for what “history” means to people, offering a new way to look at the past (and present), as well as a way for families to look at it together with their children. We’re also offering – as we do with all of our products – an opportunity for regular people to make money with our products.
We’re also big advocates of “functional literature,” meaning we strive to publish materials that people can actually use to improve their lives, rather than simply reading for reading’s sake. All of our books are written to address a specific need in our communities, and this calendar is no different. So the following is a list of suggested activities you can do with this calendar. We recommend you share the experience with a partner, friend, or family member. Not only does this make it easier to learn new things, but it allows us to bond in ways we typically don’t nowadays. Keep in mind, these are just suggestions to get you started, and there’s plenty we haven’t thought of!
• Read up on the biographies of the people and places named. You may find an amazing story waiting for you to discover it.
• Develop an activity based around some of the notable facts and events. For example, consider feeding the hungry on Thanksgiving or get some clay and try sculpting on November 26th.
• Of course, use the calendar to mark off important dates, but also use it to keep track of new habits you’re trying to develop, or old habits you’re trying to quit. Fast from a vice, and mark off how many days you’ve gone without.
• Take the calendar to a school, senior center, community center, and share some of what you’ve learned with others.
• Give copies away to friends or associates who could use a new perspective on things.
• Look for the hidden images and subtle cues we’ve worked into many of our collages. There’s a lot to be found. And wherever something isn’t labeled, find out who or what it is.
• Above all, use this calendar with your family. Discuss the images and the ideas. Plan activities together. Make time to do so, and you’ll be surprised what can happen.
If you can answer “Yes” to any of these questions, this calendar is for you:
• I know there’s more to my history than slavery. At least more than the little bit that they teach in school.
• I’ve always loved learning in school, but hated history because when it came to black history, I was always taught lame and depressing facts.
• I think February is too short of a month to celebrate my history.
• “I’m not black” but I want to know more about my black side and our collective roots.
• I’m tired of hearing about the first Blacks to be accepted by whites.
• I want facts that cover the universal black experience.
• I want to learn something new, outside the usual information contained in my textbooks.
• I loved How to Hustle and Win and I love the Supreme Design Publishing Brand. • I want to learn my history but I don’t know where to start.
• I want my child to learn more about their history.
• I want to learn more pro-black information.
• I love to collect inspiring and empowering, black history calendars.
• I’m not scared to challenge the things most people believe.
• I’m ALWAYS questioning things.
• I don’t have much time to read but I’d like a quick summary of my history.
• I love to read and learn and I’m always looking to learn new things.
• I think I know it all.
• I know I don’t know enough.
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