February is Black History Month and it gets varying forms of attention from the media, schools, and individuals. I started to see the Delaware County Daily Times publish profiles of notable Black Americans which led me to ‘do my research’ and see what all the paper brought us this month in terms of Black History.

In some cases it seemed they were making a conscientious effort to provide Black History content and at other times it was ordinary news that they choose to throw into their daily edition. Whether it was intentional or by mistake, I think you’d agree the Daily Times laid out a nice Black History Month for their readers.

Here is what I captured and the date of the paper it’s in:

  • Marian Anderson 2/29/20
  • Phyllis Wheatley 2/28
  • Katherine Johnson 2/27
  • James Van Der Zee 2/26
  • Garrett Morgan (again) 2/25
  • B. Smith obit 2/24
  • Garrett Morgan 2/23
  • Daniel Hale Williams 2/22
  • Bessie Coleman 2/21
  • Biddy Mason 2/20
  • Ja’Net DuBois obit 2/19
  • National Black News Channel debuts 2/15
  • Ladysmith Black Mambazo founder obit 2/12
  • Rev. Dr. Manuel Howard book, “Transforming Male Leaders in the Twenty-First Century-Church Through Training in Transformative Learning and Transformational Leadership.” 2/11
  • The Sundance Film Festival named Sundance Institute documentary program director Tabitha Jackson to festival director. 2/9
  • Last member of MOVE freed on parole. 2/8
  • Widener Partnership Charter kids capture city’s annual Heritage Bowl 2/5
  • Courtney Hughes is Miss Lincoln University of Pennsylvania. 2/1

I think the most important piece they printed came out on 2/29 in the ‘In The Spotlight’ section, where Matthew Delmont created the website Black Quotidian which features profiles of hundreds of African Americans taken from black newspapers mostly between the 1900s and the 1980s. Delmont says…

“l felt like my students were coming away from the class only thinking African American history was about these civil right marches or about martyrs,” said Delmont, who started his project in 2016 at Arizona State University before completing it at Dartmouth. “I felt like they spent so much time thinking about black death that they were losing sight of the broader complexity, really the beautiful aspects of African American history.”