Mind Spill Blog Now that BHM (Black History Month) is underway, I would like to refer you, my well informed reader of some great documentaries offered by PBS. I have seen many of these & many are on many are on my gift wish list. I recently saw The Journey of recommend this film, which basically discusses how we all come from African descendants & backs it up with scientific data. PBS offers reading material for all of these selections so if reading is your thing, your are covered. Another great resource to obtain most of theses films is your local library.

Africans in America
African American Lives
Against the Odds: The Artists of the Harlem Renaissance *
American Experience: Scottsboro: An American Tragedy *
American Experience: The Murder of Emmett Till *
Brother Minister: The Assassination of Malcolm X
Journey of Man *
Ken Burns: Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson
Slavery and the Making of America *
The Voyage of La Amistad: A Quest for Freedom *
Wonders of the African World

Now that you have read this long ass list of my recommendations, I need to also tell you that this 2006’s Black History Month theme is Celebrating Community: A Tribute to Black Fraternal, Social and Civic Institutions. The annual theme is set by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, which was established in 1915 by Dr. Carter G. Woodson, a noted African-American author and scholar. Woodson devoted his life to making “the world see the Negro as a participant rather than as a lay figure in history.”

Woodson is widely know for initiating Negro History Week in 1926, which evolved into the establishment in 1976 of February as “Black History Month.” Some people refer to our month as African American History Month & I have a problem with, because I am not a fan of the term African American. Why, because I am an African King who became an American by default.

Upcoming BHM themes:

2007 – From Slavery to Freedom: The Story of Africans in the Americas
2008 – The Mis~Education of Black Folks