2019 Black History Month Series: Introduction

As some of you may know, I love Black History Month, and I’ve been putting together a Black History Month social media series for the last few years. Each year, I’ve had a new intention. In the beginning, I highlighted Black history facts about individuals — in any field — that we don’t hear about often. In 2017, I began to focus on sharing tidbits related specifically to education. Toward the end of February 2017, I saw a note on someone else’s page imporing us to not let Black History Month be only a celebration of Black acceptance into White spaces. That stuck with me, so in 2018, I was intentional about highlighting Black folks who had made or are making significant contributions to Black education.

This year, I’ve challenged myself to find 28 little known facts about HBCUs and their alumni. Just like every year, I’ve had a great time putting these together, and I’ve learned a lot along the way. (In February 2017, for instance, one of the things I learned sparked what would become my first book investigation!)

I hope you have a great time following along and you learn a lot too!

Happy Black History Month!

Autumn A. Arnett is an education reporter and editor and an avid sports fan based in Austin, Texas. www.a2arnett.com