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Character Ed 2011 Week 4

Character Ed 2011 Week 4

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Afro-American Newspapers              February 26, 2011                            Character Education/Black History Month    1
 
Week 4
 
2    Character Education/Black History Month                   February 26, 2011     Afro-American Newspapers
3
 
Black History Introduction
4
 
Character Education Prole: BGE
6
 
Black Politics After the Civil War 
7
 
The Freedmen’s Bureau
8
 
Character Education Prole: 
College Savings Plans of Maryland
9
 
Black Townships and Migration
10
 
Character Education Prole:Legg Mason
11
 
Character Education Prole:Legg Mason
12
 
Black Education
13
 
Character Education Prole:T. Rowe Price
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Character Education Prole:Verizon
A publication of the
Afro-American Newspapers
 
The BaltimoreAfro-American Newspaper2519 N. Charles StreetBaltimore, MD 21218(410) 554-8200The WashingtonAfro-American Newspaper1917 Benning Road NEWashington, DC  20002(202) 332-0080John J. Oliver Jr.
Chairman/Publisher Character Education Project Manager 
Diane Hocker
Character Education Coordinator 
Takiea Hinton
Project Editors
Zenitha PrinceTalibah ChikwenduKristin Gray
Electronic Editor 
William Parschalk
Graphic Designer 
Denise Dorsey
Character Education
Black History Month
African Americansand the Civil War 
Table of Contents
T
he Afro-American Newspapers’Character Education programis designed to promotepositive character traits in our publicschool students. Each year, severalcorporate professionals and businessleaders join our eort and share storiesthat illustrate how the building of their character not only helps thempersonally but also in the workplace.During Black History Month, the
AFRO 
is delivered to public middleschools across the region includingAnne Arundel County, BaltimoreCity and Baltimore County, HowardCounty, Montgomery County, PrinceGeorge’s County and Washington,D.C. Each publication contains thetestimonies of our corporate partners.
How does it work?
During the
AFRO 
’s Black History Month series – the newspapers’ mostactive and sought after series eachyear – we feature a Black History andCharacter Education publication thatproles diverse corporate professionals,their success stories and helpfulstrategies for planning a successfulcareer. Each week, eighth-graders fromAnne Arundel County, BaltimoreCity and Baltimore County, HowardCounty, Montgomery County, PrinceGeorge’s County and Washington,D.C. Public Schools receive thepublication at no cost. Te goal is forstudents to read the featured prolesand Black history content and submitan essay connecting what they’velearned from a particular prole tothe importance of character building.Winners of the essay contest areawarded valuable prizes to further theireducation and an opportunity to meetthe corporate professional they chose towrite about.
Why eighth-graders?
Our research shows that by theeighth grade, most students havestarted to seriously think about theircareer goals and are more receptive tothe information shared by the businesscommunity.
How can the schools help?
Allow the
AFRO 
to deliverCharacter Education to your school ona weekly basis throughout the month of February. In addition, provide the
Afro-American Newspapers 
in your school’smedia center or library on a weekly basis for the current calendar year.Assist in coordinating thedistribution of the publication withinparticipating school districts.Identify a liaison to advise uson information concerning charactereducation that can be included in eachedition.Encourage teachers and studentsto participate in the essay contest.
How do schools beneft?
Te
AFRO 
encourages sta andstudents of participating schools tosubmit stories, columns, photos, etc.,about the importance of education andgood character.During February, all participatingschools receive the Character Educationpublication to assist students in theirlearning of Black history and to furtherpromote literacy.
Partnership opportunity
Corporations, nonprots and otherorganizations are invited to becomestrategic partners with this campaign.By becoming a partner, your company will help provide the
AFRO 
as aneducational tool to eighth-gradersthroughout the region. In addition,your company will illustrate its supportfor professional development amongtoday’s
youth.
Character Education 2011
 
Afro-American Newspapers              February 26, 2011                            Character Education/Black History Month    3
W
hen the last musket had been shot and the dust clearedfrom elds of battle in the American Civil War, possi-bilities loomed large for the estimated 4 million formerenslaved African Americans.Many ed from the sites of their ignominy, the now-decimated planta-tions where they had suffered the fate of men, women and children con-sidered as chattel. They developed townships of their own…raised theirown crops on 40-acre plots conscated from their former owners andpromised to them by the Union. And many more turned their eyes towardthe North, leaving the South in a large exodus of impoverished peopleseeking an urban promise land.With the singular contributions of Black men and women in the war of the states, the goodwill extended to former slaves translated itself into op-portunities in politics, in formal education and more.But those halcyon days did not last. In 1866 the Klu Klux Klan, asecret terrorist organization, began organizing underground resistanceagainst the civil rights and sociopolitical power afforded to African Amer-icans during Reconstruction. And a decade after the end of the Civil War,when the U.S. economy began to wane, so too did the support for Black equality. Restrictive “Black codes”  began to resurge. And in 1896 theSupreme Court passed the
Plessy v. Ferguson
decision, enshrining the hy-pocrisy that was the dark doctrine of “separate but equal,” and signalingthe dawn of a new era of terror for African Americans.
Celebrating Black History Month
Black Life after the Civil War 

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