We’re past halfway through Black History Month in the US but there’s never a bad time to get educated. On January 31st, JSTOR Daily editors picked their favourite stories for BHM, covering the lives and experiences of Kwame Ture, Carter G. Woodson, Black cowboys (which we’ve covered too) and ’15 Black Women Who Should Be (More) Famous’.
Here’s an excerpt from the piece on Kwame Ture, formerly known as Stokely Carmichael:
[…] Carmichael prompted his students to see African American Vernacular English (AAVE) as a “counterlanguage” representing resistance to racist oppression. As Carmichael later said in his 1968 speech “Free Huey,” “We have never spoken English perfectly. And that is because our people consciously resisted a language that did not belong to us.”