America’s celebration of Black History hasn’t always been a monthlong affair; it started out with a “Negro History Week” in mid-February until 1976 when President Gerald Ford officially recognized Black History Month.
The country’s college students were one of the driving forces behind the extension, pushing for increased awareness of the historic contributions of African Americans – particularly on campus and in the educational system, where black history was a rarely visited topic.
Now, 40 years later, it’s easy to see how Black History Month can be applied to history classes. Iconic figures like Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks and Harriet Tubman are recognized and emphasized..
But how are American colleges handling the business aspects of black history?
For Dr. Juliet E. K. Walker, a history professor at the University of Texas at Austin and the founder of the school’s Center of Black Business History, Entrepreneurship and Technology, black business history is not a subject she visits only during Black History Month. It is a topic she includes year-round. (Finance & Commerce)