How did Black History Month begin and why is it important? Dr. Hasan Kwame Jeffries, Associate Professor of History at The Ohio State University, will lead a presentation and discussion on Black History and the formation of Black History Month. Offered in partnership with the Bexley Minority Parent Alliance.
Dr. Jefferies was born in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn, New York. After graduating from Midwood High School in 1990, he headed south, enrolling at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, the nation's leading institution for educating African American men. He then earned a MA in American history in 1997, and a PhD in American history with a specialization in African American history in 2002, both from Duke University. His current book project, entitled Stealing Home: Ebbets Field and Black Working Class Life in Post-Civil Rights New York, explores the struggle of working class African Americans to secure and enjoy their freedom rights.