In honor of Black History Month, we want to celebrate and recognize one of the individuals who shaped Chanute Air Force Base and paved the way for future generations of African American service people in the Air Force. Read more about Tuskegee Airmen: Colonel George “Spanky” Roberts
Black History Month
We are starting this month off by recognizing the life and achievements of famed author/poet Langston Hughes. During his life Hughes wrote a number of pieces exploring African-American culture in the states for both adults and children. Read more about Colorful Conversation: The 117th birthday of Langston Hughes
Very nice article about researching African-American genealogy in today's Chicago Tribune.
"Because of racism, prejudice, discrimination, black people have been left out of history, their stories and accomplishments not told," Burroughs said. "African-Americans have a hot, fervent need to find out who their ancestors were. It's part of humanity to find out."
Read the entire article here.
For the month of February to commemorate Black History Month, we here at the Champaign County Historical Archives will use this space to highlight the history and contributions of the African-American community of Champaign County.
One of the resources available to us is our Photo Atlas application. It allows us to place historical images in their geo-spacial context on the map. Additionally, audio-visual content can be attached to the description as well. Read more about Historically Black Champaign-Urbana