African Americans have made great accomplishments in the worlds of science, entertainment, politics and beyond. Check out these Black History Month apps to learn how their contributions have helped shape America.
There’s more to Black History Month than reciting Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. And, sure, you’ve heard about Rosa Parks, George Washington Carver and Madame C.J. Walker. But what about Garrett A. Morgan, Otis Boykin or Lonnie G. Johnson? Use your smartphone or tablet to take a stroll through the annals of history and find more facts about these people and other African Americans who’ve made impressive contributions to society.
The origination of Black History Month
Black History Month, or African American History Month, used to be a weeklong celebration. Harvard-trained historian Dr. Carter G. Woodson established Negro History Week to help educate the African American community—and, subsequently, the American community at large—about their great achievements. The commemoration was first celebrated in February 1926 during a week that encompassed Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass’s birthdays. The celebration expanded to a month in 1976, the nation’s bicentennial. Citizens in Canada and the U.K. celebrate their own Black History Months in February and October, respectively.
Black history apps
Here are some apps that will help you learn about accomplishments from black Americans in all facets of life.
In this bright and colorful app, best friends and science enthusiasts Myles and Ayesha help you celebrate African American inventors and problem-solvers. Learn who created patents for everyday items such as the doorknob and the traffic light, and a classic summer toy—the Super Soaker water gun. Then play the matching game in easy, medium or hard.
The Then and Now Series apps aim to shed light on facts about different cultures. In the Black History edition, users can learn about 100 different people through biographies, images and links to video or music. Print or email the bios to share the knowledge with friends.
Test your knowledge of important black figures with some tough multiple-choice questions. Each question presents three answers. If you don’t know an answer, learn as you go. The app doesn’t let you proceed to the next question until you’ve answered correctly, so you’ll retain the information easily.
If you think in chronological order, then Black History Milestones is the app for you. Get facts from four centuries—the 1700s, 1800s, 1900s and 2000s. The interface is simple and easy to navigate, and you’ll have a plethora of trivia knowledge right at your fingertips.
Swipe through the Awesome Black History Facts app and view little-known facts about prominent African American figures. Do you know what close friends and relatives called guitar virtuoso Jimi Hendrix? Learn that fun fact and more with this app. Then save to your Favorites page or share with your friends via Facebook, Twitter, text or email.
Black History Facts 2 offers more than 500 facts and quotes in nine different categories. The categories include arts, business, educators, firsts and literature. Save your favorite facts and share them with your networks to spread awareness for these African American contributions to society.