The Source Celebrates Black History Month With New Issue

Martin Luther King Jr.With February marking the 83rd year of the celebration of Black History, The Source — once known as the hip-hop Bible — is dedicating its latest issue to the most noteworthy accomplishments marking this worldwide movement towards freedom.

According to a press release, the mag will cover everything from the Transatlantic slave traders of 1619 to Barack Obama’s historic win as President of the United States, as it reflects back on 130 historical moments that define the movement.

“We are thrilled with our introspective approach to Black History month, providing a comprehensive guide to these momentous occasions,” said Londell McMillan, co-CEO and Executive Publisher of The Source. “At such a remarkable time in history, where Barack Obama stands as America’s leader, we want to give our readers a journey through the struggles and triumphs African-Americans have seen to get to this point.”

Here are some of the highlight’s this month’s issue will include:

1619: Transatlantic slave traders first exchange cargo of Africans for food and other goods in Jamestown , VA

1849: Harriet Tubman contacts the Underground Railroad for the first time to free herself from slavery. Within three years she becomes an active operator, helping hundres of Black slaves, including her parents and brothers, escape to the free North.

1862: The first group of Black men volunteer for the Hunter Regiment to fight in the Civil War on May 7, in New York.

1863-63: President Lincoln issues two executive orders now known as the Emancipation Proclamation on September 22 and January 1, declaring the freedom of slaves in the Confederate States of America.

1865: the 13th Amendment to the US Constitution is ratified, officially abolishing slavery nationwide on December 6.

1926: Black History Month is originated by Carter Godwin Woodson as Negro History Week. The month of February is chosen in honor of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln, who were both born in the month of February.

1920s: The Harlem Renaissance flourishes as a literary, artistic and intellectual movement, fostering a new Black cultural identity.

1954: Thurgood Marshall wins Brown vs.. Board of Education, which declares that racial segregation in schools is unconstitutional. 1955: Rosa Parks refuses to give up her seat to a white passenger on a city bus and is arrested on December 1. This sparks the Montgomery bus boycott led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., which lasts for over a year.

1961: An executive order from President John F. Kennedy mandates the Affirmative Action plan to address unequal standards applied to African Americans.

1963: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.. leads The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, which is attended by 250,000 people, the largest demonstration ever seen in the nation’s capital. At the Lincoln Memorial, he delivers his famous “I Have a Dream” speech, which further amplifies the momentum for Civil Rights legislation.

2008: Barack Hussein Obama II becomes the first Black elected President of the United States of America on November 4.

Other highlights from the February issue includes an in-depth interview with cover subjects Bow Wow and Jermaine Dupri, exclusive coverage of the film “Notorious”, and a look back on Dwayne Wade.

The long-running hip-hop magazine celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2008.

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