12019-03-12T23:56:44+00:00Stanford University Pressaf84c3e11fe030c51c61bbd190fa82a3a1a1282413plainpublished2019-09-27T23:31:31+00:00Production Editor7a3dce28be212b1ba5b4a7a50f3d6a8d76b58c74“Negro History Week,” Chicago Defender, February 15, 1941; “Negro History Week: The Tenth Year,” Journal of Negro History 20, No. 2 (April 1935): 127.
Black Quotidian is my small act of rebellion against the pressure to fit African-American history into a single month or a fifteen-week semester. Implicit in the project’s daily post structure is the belief that African-American history should not be confined to February, but rather, that it is a subject that deserves and rewards daily research, reflection, and reexamination. In this sense, Black Quotidian uses digital tools and methods to advance a vision of everyday history that African-American scholars and newspaper editors have articulated for nearly a century: “The aim of the Negro History Week is to bring about the Negro History Year,” Carter G. Woodson suggested in 1935.54
The media gallery below, of thumbnail images from the daily Black Quotidian posts, illustrates this year-round approach to African-American history. Click on the month to view the details of the daily posts.