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Mary Crosslin | Local Events Columnist

This week came in with a good pouring down rain and thunder. Thank goodness, the temperature remained nice and cool. We will have blooming flowers in a few weeks. I saw a buttercup across the street that was already, ready to bloom.
I hope Valentine’s Day was great for all you lovers out there, and it will not just stop with this one day but carry over into everyday life.
This month has been set aside for Black History Month. Here are a few history facts about the importance of the celebration. Americans have recognized Black History annually since 1926, first as “Negro History Week”, that’s what I remember, and later as Black History Month. Although blacks have been in America at least as far back as the colonial time, it was not until the 20th century that they gained a respectable presence in history books.
We owe the celebration of Black History Month to Dr. Carter G. Woodson. He was disturbed to find in his studies that history books ignored the Black Americans. Woodson decided to take the challenge of writing Black Americans into the nations’ history. He established the Association for the Study of Negro Life in History; in 1915 he launched the Negro History Week as an initiative to bring national attention to the contributions of black people throughout American History.
Woodson chose the second week in February for Negro History week because it marks the birthdays of two men who greatly influenced the black American population, Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. They were not the only significance contributors in black American history.
For example; Feb. 23,1858; W.E.B. DuBois, Civil Rights leader and co-founder of the NAACP, Feb.3, 1870: The 15th Amendment was passed, granting blacks the right to vote. Feb. 12, 1909; The NAACP was founded by a group a concerned black and white citizens in New York City. There are numerous more accomplishments to be proud off.
Prayer is requested for the Deloney family, who had death in their family. The family is improving. Pray for our country and the Presidential Election.
CHRISTIAN REFRESHER; EPHESIANS 4; 4-6 KJV There is one body, and one Spirit, even as you are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, and one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
LOVE IS THE KEY!