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BLACK HISTORY MONTH February 2015: Special Edition by Under The Duvet Productions by Photojournalist Lisa Pacino

Black History Month is an annual observance in the “United States” of America, Canada, and the United Kingdom for remembrance of influential and important people, and historical events in the history of the African diaspora. It is celebrated annually in the “United States” of America and Canada in the month of February, and in the United Kingdom in the month of October.

Under The Duvet Productions, located in New York City, is to serve and cover the Black Community and its allies who partner with the Black Community through the arts as well as social and political awareness. We cover all aspects of The Arts along with Entertainment; with a conscious responsibility to bring you the latest informative and factual news in our community. Photographs and articles are by photojournalist Lisa Pacino. This month we will feature several special articles paying homage to the great people and important events that shaped and changed our lives.

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President Barack Hussein Obama II (born August 4, 1961) is the 44th and current President of the “United States”of America, and the first African-American to hold the office. Photograph by Lisa Pacino, 2014.

Black History Week (known as “Negro History Week”) 1926:

The precursor to Black History Month was created in 1926 in the “United States” of America, when historian Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History announced the second week of February to be “Negro History Week.” This week was chosen because it coincided with the birthday of Abraham Lincoln on February 12 and of Frederick Douglass on February 14, both of which dates Black communities had celebrated together since the late 19th century. From the event’s initial phase, primary emphasis was placed on encouraging the coordinated teaching of the history of American blacks in the nation’s public schools.

“[Black History Week was] one of the most fortunate steps ever taken by the Association.” —Carter G. Woodson

 At the time of Negro History Week’s launch Woodson contended that the teaching of black history was essential to ensure the physical and intellectual survival of the race within broader society.

“If a race has no history, it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world, and it stands in danger of being exterminated. The American Indian left no continuous record. He did not appreciate the value of tradition; and where is he today? The Hebrew keenly appreciated the value of tradition, as is attested by the Bible itself. In spite of worldwide persecution, therefore, he is a great factor in our civilization.” —Carter G. Woodson

By 1929 The Journal of Negro History was able to note that with only two exceptions officials with the State Departments of Educations of “every state with considerable Negro population” had made the event known to that state’s teachers and distributed official literature associated with the event.” Churches also played a significant role in the distribution of literature in association with Negro History Week during this initial interval, with the pages of the mainstream and black press aiding in the publicity effort. Negro History Week was met with enthusiastic response; it prompted the creation of black history clubs, an increase in interest among teachers, and interest from progressive whites. “Negro History Week” grew in popularity throughout the following decades eventually endorsing it as a holiday.

Black History Week Expanded to a Month 1976:

The expansion of Black History Week to Black History Month was first proposed by the leaders of the Black United Students at Kent State University in Ohio in February 1969. The first celebration of the Black History Month took place at Kent State one year later, in February 1970. In 1976 as part of the “United States” Bicentennial, the informal expansion of “Negro History Week” to Black History Month was officially recognized by the U.S. government. It was first celebrated in 1987 the United Kingdom; and in 1995 in Canada.

At Under The Duvet Productions Every Day is Black History Month.

This month we will feature special articles and photographs by celebrity photojournalist Lisa Pacino who has photographed countless civil rights activists, political leaders, celebrities, artists, sports figures, and unsung heroes who have made great contributions in our community.  Here is a glance of some recent photos (2012-current) as we begin Black History Month.

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Author Dr. Toni Morrison, at the New York Public Library. She won the Pulitzer Prize, and is the first and only African-American woman to receive a Nobel Prize in Literature. Photograph by Lisa Pacino, 2014.

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Six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald; an African-American singer, actress, activist, known as Broadway Royalty. At only 44 years old she holds the record for an actress with the most Tony Awards. Photograph by Lisa Pacino, 2012.

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“Phenomenal Woman” Dr. Maya Angelou. The Renaissance Women of our time. Photograph by Lisa Pacino, 2013.

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African-American talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist Oprah Winfrey. She is the first self-made female billionaire in the “United States” of America. Photograph by Lisa Pacino, 2014.

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Actress, writer, and civil rights activist legend Ruby Dee. Photograph by Lisa Pacino, 2013.

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Legendary actress, writer, and civil rights activist Ruby Dee and former NY Mayor David Dinkins, the first African-American Mayor of NY. Photograph by Lisa Pacino, 2012.

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Nobel Laureate Dr. Toni Morrison and Professor Henry Louis “Skip” Gates, New York. Photograph by Lisa Pacino, 2014.

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Gina Belafonte, daughter of Harry Belafonte and Martin Luther King III, son of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Photograph by Lisa Pacino, 2014.

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Diahann Carroll, Martin Luther King III, and Diahann’s daughter, Suzanne Kay Bamford, New York. Diahann Carroll the first African-American actress to star in her own television sitcom, “Julia”, 1968. Photograph by Lisa Pacino, 2014.

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Hasna Muhammad, daughter of Ruby Dee & Ossie Davis; Gina Belafonte, daughter of Harry Belfonte; and Attalah Shabazz, the daughter of Malcolm X & Betty Shabazz. Photograph by Lisa Pacino, 2012.

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Harry Belafonte, Pete Seeger, and Ruby Dee. Three giants who spent their entire life fighting for civil rights, equality, and justice. Photograph by Lisa Pacino, 2012.

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Civil right activist, actor, singer, and writer Harry Belafonte. Photograph by Lisa Pacino, 2014.

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Lisa McNair (sister of Denise McNair, one of the 4 Little Girls in the Birmingham Church Bombing in 1963), Reena Evers-Everette (daughter of Medgar & Myrlie Evers), Jeff Steinberg (Sojourn to the Past), and Minnijean Brown-Trickey (one of the Little Rock Nine). Photograph by Lisa Pacino, 2014.

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Hank Thomas an original Freedom Rider; former NY Mayor David Dinkins, the first African American Mayor of NY; Clarence B. Jones, Dr. King’s lifetime Attorney; Dave Dennis of Freedom Summer; Ambassador Andrew Young; and Steve McQueen, the director of the Academy Award winning film, ‘12 Years a Slave’. Photograph by Lisa Pacino, 2014.

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Former NY Mayor David Dinkins, the first African-American Mayor of NY and Robert Moses, civil rights activist with SNCC for voter education & registration in Mississippi, 1960s. Photograph by Lisa Pacino, 2014.

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Ambassador Andrew Young: Civil rights activist, politician, diplomat, activist, pastor, former congressman, former Mayor of Atlanta, and close friend of Dr. King. Photograph by Lisa Pacino, 2014.

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Reena Evers-Everette, the daughter of Medgar & Myrlie Evers, accepting an award from the Goodman Foundation on her mother’s behalf. Photograph by Lisa Pacino, 2014.

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Steve Schwerner (brother of Michael Schwerner) and David Goodman (brother of Andrew Goodman); Schwerner & Goodman along with James Chaney traveled from New York to Mississippi in 1964 to register voters, and were murdered by the KKK & Police. Photograph by Lisa Pacino, 2014.

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Rev. Julia Chaney-Moss (sister of James Chaney) and David Goodman (brother of Andrew Goodman); Chaney & Goodman along with Michael Schwerner traveled from New York to Mississippi in 1964 to register voters, and were murdered by the KKK & Police. Photograph by Lisa Pacino, 2014.

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Rachael Robinson, former nurse and the widow of baseball player Jackie Robinson. Jackie Robinson was an American baseball player for the Brooklyn Dodgers who became the first African-American to play in Major League Baseball. Photograph by Lisa Pacino, 2014.

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Derek Jeter is a former American professional baseball shortstop who played 20 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the New York Yankees. A five-time World Series champion; he is the Yankees’ all-time career leader in hits, doubles, games played, stolen bases, times on base, plate appearances, and at bats. His accolades include 14 All-Star selections, 5 Gold Glove Awards, 5 Silver Slugger Awards, 2 Hank Aaron Awards, and a Roberto Clemente Award. He became the 28th player to reach 3,000 hits and finished his career sixth all-time in career hits and the all-time MLB leader in hits by a shortstop. Photograph by Lisa Pacino, 2012.

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Photographer Pamela Frank-Belafonte, her husband Harry Belafonte, and Cicely Tyson; who continue to make great contributions for civil rights. Photograph by Lisa Pacino, 2013.

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Cicely Tyson and Harry Belafonte. Photograph by Lisa Pacino, 2013.

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Ambassador Andrew Young and Cicely Tyson, with Ambassador Young’s wife Carolyn McClain seated. Photograph by Lisa Pacino, 2013.

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Hank Aaron and Cicely Tyson. Hank Aaron is #5 on the “100 Greatest Baseball Players” list of all time, holding the MLB record for career home runs for 33 years, and he still holds several MLB offensive records. He hit 24 or more home runs every year from 1955 through 1973, and is the only player to hit 30 or more home runs in a season at least fifteen times. Photograph by Lisa Pacino, 2013.

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Joan Baez a civil rights and social activist, singer, songwriter, musician, and was a close friend to Dr. King during the 1960s civil rights movement. She performed at the 1963 March on Washington. Photograph by Lisa Pacino, 2014.

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Author Dr. Toni Morrison won the Pulitzer Prize, and is the first and only African-American woman to receive a Nobel Prize in Literature; with opera tenor George Shirley, the first African-American male to sing lead at the Metropolitan Opera House, NY. Photograph by Lisa Pacino, 2014.

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Arthur Mitchell, founder of The Dance Theatre of Harlem; with opera sopranos Martina Arroyo and Jessye Norman, both women continue to hold the door that Marian Anderson and Leontyne Price opened for African-American opera singers. Photograph by Lisa Pacino, 2014.

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Patina Miller, Cicely Tyson, and Billy Porter with their Tony Awards in the Media Room directly after their win on June 9, 2013. Courtney B. Vance won for a leading role as well, making 2013 one of the most important Tony Awards in African-American history. Photograph by Lisa Pacino, Radio City Music Hall, NY, June 9, 2013.

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Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul, and Mary; a civil rights activist, singer, songwriter, and musician. Peter, Paul, and Mary performed at the 1963 March on Washington. Photograph by Lisa Pacino, 2014.

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Peter, Paul, and Mary in concert 1979. They were life long civil rights activists and social advocates. Photograph by Lisa Pacino, 1979. (The original 8×10 scanned to computer).

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President Barack Hussein Obama II (born August 4, 1961) is the 44th and current President of the “United States”of America, and the first African-American to hold the office. Photograph by Lisa Pacino, 2014.

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President Barack Hussein Obama II (born August 4, 1961) is the 44th and current President of the “United States”of America, and the first African-American to hold the office. Photograph by Lisa Pacino, 2014.

Article and All Photographs by Celebrity Photojournalist Lisa Pacino of Under The Duvet Productions, NY. All Right Reserved. Black History Month information some is paraphrased from source Wikipedia.

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http://lisapacino.smugmug.com/

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One comment on “BLACK HISTORY MONTH February 2015: Special Edition by Under The Duvet Productions by Photojournalist Lisa Pacino

  1. Clayte
    October 17, 2015

    Thank you for capturing these “giants” of American History. I plan to share this with my Grands & Great-Grands. Our story has to be told, and re-told.

    Liked by 1 person

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