February: Black History Month Jigsaw Puzzles
Activist Martin Luther King Jr., abolitionist Union spy Harriet Tubman, the first black MLB player Jackie Robinson, and abolitionist social reformer Frederick Douglass all appear in the 500pc puzzle.[/caption] Today, we wanted to share with you a few of our more specific Black History Jigsaw Puzzles. We've talked a lot in the past about how puzzles are a great learning tool and as always, really good for brain development in general. It's also awesome how they can play a role in the cultural development and teaching, remembering or just enjoying some of the most historical moments and figures of our time. What makes puzzles even better? Most will last a lifetime, being put together and taken back apart over and over for new friends and new family to enjoy again and again.
What is Black History Month? It all began in the early 1900's when when Dr. Carter G. Woodson and Rev. Jesse E. Moorland created an associations in order to raised awareness of the role that black people played in the shaping of America and the world—a role that had often been ignored or downplayed. Woodson also hoped that there would be a sense of pride instilled in the black community while he taught about their cultural background and heritage. In 1920, he helped a fraternity Omega Psi Phi create "Negro History Week" that took place during the month of February as a way to celebrate the birth of two men who helped carve out the future of Black Americans - Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglas.
The Civil War lasted 4 years from 1861 to 1865. Marking 150 years later is this commemorative puzzle.[/caption] The intent of this month - and other history months like Women's History Month and LGBT History Month - of course, is to raise awareness, spread educations and, perhaps above all, take a moment to recognize the incredible journey and challenges that minorities have overcome in this country (and others!). To learn more about black history, go here. And here's a great list of Black History Little Known Facts. Did you know that "Due to his acclaimed "Banana Boat" song, most people assume Harry Belafonte was born in the Caribbean; in fact, the internationally renowned entertainment icon and human rights activist was born in Harlem, New York." Coming up next week: Black Artist Jigsaw Puzzles... a look at some of the best works of art - and most popular puzzle images around - from well-known Black artists. And of course, how could we not mention two of the most influential black people in music and popular culture? Happy puzzling everyone!
Bob Marley is credited with spreading Rastafarian and Jamaican music to a worldwide audience.
Michael Jackson has earned a place in musical history that not many have achieved, with several chart-topping songs and major influence in today's pop music as well.