Discover Something Inspiring During Black History Month

February is Black History Month!

Right now there’s no better time to celebrate the contributions of African Americans to American history and culture!

A Time To Discover Something New About My Personal Heroes!

An African American physician and surgeon named Charles Richard Drew is one of my heroes. His work helped save my sister’s life, though he died in 1950, years before she was born. Dr. Drew researched blood transfusions and developed improved techniques for blood storage and helped to develop large-scale blood banks early in World War II. In 1981, my sister was in a horrible car accident that almost took her life. She would not have made it without the many blood transfusions she received. The accident happened the day before Thanksgiving. Every Thanksgiving I say a prayer of thanks for this surgeon who helped save my sister’s life.

Another of my heroes is author Alex Haley. He’s best known for his book Roots: The Saga of an American Family. Why is he a hero of mine? Because when I was young I hated reading. HATED IT!!! I tried to read books, but I just found it boring. I picked up Roots and started reading. I didn’t feel like I was reading a book. I felt that I was transported back in time. I felt like I was a member of the family being chronicled. When I finished the book I felt a sense of loss that my time with this family was over. Alex Haley’s wonderful writing style turned me into a reader and a lover of words. And now my job is to write words. Alex Haley, my hero.

But why stop at those heroes? I went to PCHSearch&Win and typed in “Black History Month.” The search results gave me a link to Jackpot! I learned about the 761st Tank Battalion … an all African American tank battalion that served during World War II. The 761st Tank Battalion helped liberate more than 30 towns that were under Nazi control. Thank goodness the 761st were on our side!

My PCHSearch&Win results also led me to NICKJR.COM where there were great educational activities and “Printables” for children. If you have children, check it out!

I was a little curious about how Long Island, New York, was going to celebrate Black History Month. So I went to PCHSearch&Win to learn about local events. I was excited to learn about:

  • The Wonderful World Of Satchmo at the Brentwood Library
  • Contemporary African American photography at the Islip Art Museum
  • A Freedom Quilt exhibit at the Hempstead Library

So, who are your heroes? Share them with us by commenting below. What special happenings are going on in your area to celebrate Black History Month? I hope PCHSearch&Win can help you find an event to help you enjoy this very special month!


Elliott M.

PCH Online Creative

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