February is Black History Month, a time to pay tribute to the accomplishments of African-Americans. This period began as a week set asidein February 1926 and was extended in 1976 to include the entire month.
Many of us are familiar with names such as Martin Luther King Jr. or George Washington Carver, but did you know that the first blackman to own his own publishing company is still alive today? His nameis John Johnson, chief executive officer of the Johnson Publishing Co. Johnson's company publishes Ebony and Jet magazines.
Did you think Spike Lee was the only famous black filmmaker? Before him was Oscar Micheaux (1884-1951), a novelist and filmmaker who owned his own film company, and produced and directed more than 30 films.
There are many more like Johnson and Micheaux whose contributions finally are being recognized and appreciated.
The St. John United Methodist Church, 6019 Belle Grove Road in Pumphrey, is presenting a guest speaker, Dr. Levi Watkins Jr. Watkins, a heart surgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital, will speak at 11 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 16.
The event is being sponsored by Wilma Gibson, chairwoman and member of Christian Social Concerns of the church. For more information call 636-2578.
Brooklyn Park Elementary School news:
"What's the Matter, Chemistry with Fizz, Foam and Flash," a traveling science program sponsored by the Maryland Science Center, will be presented to thestudents on Tuesday. Primary grades will view the program at 10 a.m.and intermediate grades at 1:30 p.m.
Park Elementary School news:
The "Just Say No Club" announces the winners of its poster contest. Students were asked to design posters depicting things that they like to do with their friends. The children then voted for their favorite poster.
First-place winners were Robert Richter, Josh Kaminskiand David Barclay. Second-place winners were Laure Fleishell, Christie Whitlock and Melissa Russell. Congratulations to all members who participated.
Beginning Thursday, Officer Little of the county police department, will be visiting fifth-grade students once a week to present the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program. This program deals with the problems of peer pressure and how the students can handle it.
The Park Reading Olympics will begin on Thursday and continue through April 16. Students will be able to earn certificates and blue, white or red ribbons by reading a minimum of 60 minutes a
week for 10 weeks. A record card will be kept by each student and signed bya parent or guardian, showing the number of minutes the student has read each night.
We regret the error in last week's paper that gave the wrong date for distribution of elementary school report cards. The correct date should have been this Friday. High school and middle school students also will receive their report cards Friday.
North County High School news:
The North County Knights Parents' Club meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the school media center. Plan to attend.
The Kaiser Permanente AIDS education program will be presented on Wednesday. The program uses music, humor and emotional drama to speak to the students. It is a live theater production based on true stories that give information about the facts of AIDS transmission and prevention, and common prejudices and misconceptions about the disease.
Are you ready for the spring? Are you ready for softball and baseball? If so, the Brooklyn Park Youth Athletic Association will begin registration on Saturday and Sunday and continue through Feb. 29 and March 1.
Registration will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays at the Brooklyn Park Elementary School, 200 14th Ave., and from noon to 3 p.m. on Sundays at the Brooklyn Park/Lindale Middle Junior High School, Hammonds Lane.
Boys and girls between the ages of 5 and 15 are invited to join. Registration fees are $25 for one child or $40 for two or more children. Raffle tickets will be distributed at registration so that the drawing can be conducted on opening day. Plan to sign up early. The indoor soccer teams are selling tickets to the Baltimore Blast game that will be played at 2:05 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9. Tickets are $10 per person. For more information or tickets, call Dennis Barnes at 636-2575.
The Northern District Police Community Relations Council will meet at 7:30 p.m Wednesday at the Northern District Police Station on Hammonds Lane. Capt. Don Ward will give statistics and discuss community problems withmembers. Officer Guy Della from the crime prevention department willattend. Annual dues of $2 should be paid at the meeting. Get involved in your community and bring a friend with you.
The United Methodist Women of Brooklyn Heights United Methodist Church, 110 Townsend Ave., will meet at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Lacher Hall. The programis entitled "Call to Prayer and Self-Denial."