Archive for Black History Month 2010

Black History Month Honors: The Greats

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on February 7, 2010 by James Field

For Black History Month we chose to honors many influential black people who have done so much for our freedom and our culture. The Greats are my own personal collection of great black leaders in music, injustice and freedom. 

Dr Martin Luther King

Rosa Parks

Malcolm X

Ella Fitzgerald

Nat King Cole

The Black Nouveau honors these great influential leaders and all of their contributions to our culture.

Black History Month Honors: The Little Rock 9

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on February 2, 2010 by James Field

“The Little Rock Nine were a group of African-American students who were enrolled in Little Rock Central High School in 1957. The ensuing Little Rock Crisis, where the students were initially prevented from entering the racially segregated school by Arkansas Governor Orval Faubus, and then attended after the intervention of President Eisenhower, is considered to be one of the most important events in the African-American Civil Rights Movement.”

The Black Nouveau Honors: 

Thelma Mothershed

Minnijean Brown

Elizabeth Eckford

Gloria Ray

Jefferson Thomas

Melba Beals

Terrence Roberts

Carlotta Walls

Daisy Bates (NAACP President)

Ernest Green

Their pride and bravery to oppose injustice and oppression will live in our hearts forever. Their legacy will live on.

James Field


Black History Month Honors: Dr. Cornel West

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on February 2, 2010 by James Field

How do you show pride? Is it hanging your favorite team’s flag outside your bedroom window? Is it placing an “Honor Student” bumper sticker on your car? Is it getting a tattoo of your loved one? I believe pride is not external, pride is what’s inside you, what you fight for, what you show every day of your life. And Dr Cornel West has shown me that this pride is something you should never forget. Dr West is and was one of the most influential African-Americans involved in the Civil Rights Moments post 1960’s. His political views on “white supremacy” and living in a “white America” are both controversial and praised. I recently watched Dr West on the Today show one morning, as he talked about African-American men and the lack of fatherhood in many households. It was profound to watch this man speak, his eloquence, knowledge and insight on what makes our culture so special and touched me in a deep way. He is a member of the Democratic Socialist of America, a noted author, actor, critic and philosopher. Much of Dr West’s work focuses on the roles of race, gender, class and how many people react to their “racial conditiondness” Dr West is without a doubt among the pantheon of great African-American leaders in history, and as such I honor him in during this great month of our culture, pride ,and legacy.

 “The country is in deep trouble. We’ve forgotten that a rich life consists fundamentally of serving others, trying to leave the world a little better than you found it. We need the courage to question the powers that be, the courage to be impatient with evil and patient with people, the courage to fight for social justice. In many instances we will be stepping out on nothing, and just hoping to land on something. But that’s the struggle. To live is to wrestle with despair, yet never allow despair to have the last word.”

— Cornel West

 James Field