BAHM to host Black History Month event

In conjunction with Black History Month, the Bartlesville Area History Museum will host a special program celebrating the triumphs of African Americans on Feb. 28. BAHM Education Coordinator Betty Keim will present the program, set for noon to 1:30 p.m., at the museum, located at 401 S. Johnstone Ave.

In 1976, President Gerald Ford decreed a National observance of “Black History Month” in order to honor the contributions of African Americans to the history of the United States of America. Examples of these citizens include Sarah Breedlove, also known as Madam C. J. Walker, America’s first black woman to become a self-made millionaire through her successful line of hair care products, and George Washington Carver, a prominent American scientist and inventor in the early 1900s invented nearly 300 products from the peanut.

African American history is full of successful stories, and since its founding, Bartlesville has had, — and continues to have — African American citizens who have contributed to the communities’ successes and notable endeavors in Oklahoma.

The BAHM event will feature two of those citizens, special guests Sharon Reese, executive director of Bartlesville’s Westside Community Center, and well-known citizen Bettye Williams, active throughout the community for many years. Each will contribute to the presentation with Keim on the subject of Black History during the program.

“In celebrating Black History Month, we can seize the opportunity to honor the two often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.” —President Gerald Ford

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