February 12, 1996
Web posted at: 12:00 p.m. EST
(CNN) -- Black History Month is a great time to let your fingers do the clicking and explore the African-American heritage of people, places and events.
The World Wide Web has a smorgasbord of Black History Month and African-American sites.
Some honor prominent African Americans, many of whom overcame great obstacles and racial barriers to succeed; others describe the history of Africa and the black struggle for freedom in America; and still other sites have chat-room forums that let on-line users share opinions.
Here's a sampling of what you can find.
The "Black History Month Page" site is posted at Bethel High School in Hampton, Virginia. Spanish teacher Sean Davis created the page to provide connections "related to the nations and people of Africa." Among other things, the features profiles of African countries, documents of African-American history and weather images.
Another impressive site is posted by "Afronet," where an on-line user can find a "Black History Month Special" featuring African Americans who "excelled in the face of adversity" and who changed history as a result. Afronet also encourages on-line users to discuss today's black leaders.
The on-line version of "The Black Collegian" gives minority students useful information about job opportunities and internships. During February, the site has a Black History Month quiz question. The first to respond correctly receives $25.
Plus, check out the "World African Network Online," which provides "people with common interests an opportunity to talk to one another, share insights and express opinions." You might also want to look at "Melanet" and "AfriNET," an "African and African-American electronic community."
The idea for Black History Month came from Carter G. Woodson, who founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History in 1915. Woodson pressed for a "Negro History Week" to honor the contributions of black Americans and, by 1926, had his wish.
He chose the second week in February as "Negro History Week" because the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass fell during the month. The week expanded to a month in 1976 through the efforts of the renamed Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History.
We hope you'll enjoy the adventure of finding out about the black heritage by surfing the Web.
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