February is African American History Month!


Harriet Tubman, full-length portrait, seated in chair probably at her home in Auburn, New York (Library of Congress)

The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society.

As a Harvard-trained historian, Carter G. Woodson, like W. E. B. Du Bois before him, believed that truth could not be denied and that reason would prevail over prejudice. His hopes to raise awareness of African American’s contributions to civilization was realized when he and the organization he founded, the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH), conceived and announced Negro History Week in 1925. The event was first celebrated during a week in February 1926 that encompassed the birthdays of both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. The response was overwhelming: Black history clubs sprang up; teachers demanded materials to instruct their pupils; and progressive whites, not simply white scholars and philanthropists, stepped forward to endorse the effort.

By the time of Woodson’s death in 1950, Negro History Week had become a central part of African American life and substantial progress had been made in bringing more Americans to appreciate the celebration. At mid–century, mayors of cities nationwide issued proclamations noting Negro History Week. The Black Awakening of the 1960s dramatically expanded the consciousness of African Americans about the importance of black history, and the Civil Rights movement focused Americans of all color on the subject of the contributions of African Americans to our history and culture.

The celebration was expanded to a month in 1976, the nation’s bicentennial. President Gerald R. Ford urged Americans to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.” That year, fifty years after the first celebration, the association held the first African American History Month. By this time, the entire nation had come to recognize the importance of Black history in the drama of the American story. Since then each American president has issued African American History Month proclamations. And the association—now the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH)—continues to promote the study of Black history all year.

The Law Library of Congress has compiled guides to commemorative observations, including a comprehensive inventory of the Public Laws, Presidential Proclamations and congressional resolutions related to African American History Month.

Check out these dedicated web sites to learn more and join KBOG in celebrating African American History Month!

Smithsonian Education – Black History Month

National Park Service – African American Heritage

National Archives – African American History Portal

National Endowment for the Humanities – African American History and Culture

National Park Service – African American Heritage

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum – Black History Month

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KBOG’s favorite emerging artist Nyah has dropped her hotly anticipated debut EP, Disconnected!

In addition to her tracks Empty Spaces, Flowers On My Grave and Midnight that we recently spotlighted, Disconnected also contains two NEW tracks: A Thousands Wishes and Legends In The Stars. Hauntingly beautiful melodies with songwriting skills that belie her tender age, we promise you won’t be able to stop listening!

All songs are written and performed by Nyah (including backup vocals) and produced by Bruce “Automatic” Vanderveer, Grammy-nominated Sony Music Writer/Producer and CEO of InRage Entertainment.

Check out the new tracks below and then grab your copy & learn more about this exciting new artist at Nyah The Unicorn.

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Global Artist Spotlight – Ola Onabulé

Socially conscious singer/songwriter Ola Onabule has built an enviable career as an international touring performer and has now turned his attention to the North American market with a newly recorded collection of original songs. Onabule’s meticulous attention to detail in his arrangements and production as well as the support from Sennheiser/Neumann have contributed to the manifestation of an impressive recording.

Point Less, is a follow up to Onabule’s last album, It’s The Peace That Deafens, with the new album boldly expressing his views on social injustice, reminiscent of Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On. It is an activist’s call – at once a celebration of life and a cautionary take on the social forces that threaten it. Violence, immigration, xenophobia, betrayal, and dignity are themes considered on Point Less, rendered with a powerful and knowing generosity of spirit. Onabule is rueful yet optimistic.

Check out a few tracks below, and then head Here to grab your copy!

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Circles in the Sand – Labyrinths on the Beach, February 20 & 21

Labyrinth – walking meditation. A unique sunset walk on the beach. Labyrinth master artist Denny Dyke creates “walkable art” which is a sandy path through an entire pattern with no wrong turns or dead ends. The path is further enhanced with detailed designs and is open for all to enjoy. Subject to cancellation due to inclement weather, rain and/or high winds. 4-6pm, Face Rock Scenic Viewpoint For more information, click Here.

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CRAB FEST 2020 – TWO DAY EVENT! February 22-23

Feb. 22: 6PM – 10PM. Crab dinner!

Music starts at 6:30PM with Hecktic Week. The energy packed duo with powerful vocals and beat driven grooves! Their foot stomping and soul touching sound is a blues-influenced infusion of nostalgic country, folk, and rock! Gypsy (Jennifer Weekly) grooves on her bass guitar while filling the atmosphere with a power-house voice reminiscent of Janis Joplin. Heck (Michael Hecker) is a “one man band” playing guitar, harmonica, and drums. Together, they bring the sound of a big band in a small package.
At 8:30PM Johnny Wheels & the Swamp Donkeys. Collectively, the band hails from Oregon, Texas, and California and is typically tagged as a Blues band. Although, the diversity of the members’ musical backgrounds becomes evident as the worlds of R&B, Soul, Jazz, Funk, and Rock. are blended under a Blues umbrella.

Feb. 23: Doors open at 11:30AM with the meal being served at noon and music starting at 12:30PM.  

12:30P-2:00P – Caught Red Handed.  All three members are multi-instrumentalists and singers. The trio is well-known for its strong 3-part vocal harmonies, flashy solo instrumental breaks, and quirky on-stage conversation. They like to engage the audiences, and work hard at making each performance fun for everyone. You’ll hear original tunes from their two CD releases “Bustin’ Out” and “Repeat Offenders” as well as popular selections from the Americana songbook encompassing bluegrass, country, folk and even a touch of old-time rock ‘n roll.

2:30P-4:00P – Singer-songwriter/cover artist Jeff Kloetzel performs more than 140 shows each year. His diverse catalog runs the gamut from driving modern tunes to subtle timeless ballads. His original songs are fueled by his rhythmic guitar work and soulful vocals. Influenced by many musical genres including pop, rock, folk, blues and contemporary island, there should be something for everyone in Jeff’s set list.

$40 Per person, $340 Table of 8 (reserved seating & name placard). If allergic to shellfish, you can substitute for prime rib: $50.00 per person. Tickets can be purchased online at www.bandoncrabfest.com.

(Substitution made if issue with procurement of crab due to ocean conditions or other reasons beyond our control.)

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Langlois Library Book Sale, February 29

A huge number of well organized books is available at the Langlois Library Book Sale, Saturday, February 29th from 9 AM to 4PM at the Langlois Lions on Floras Lake Loop. Book donors have been generous this year, and the Library shelves have been weeded to produce a wonderfully diverse selection including art/craft/hobbies, westerns, cook books, children’s books, building and home improvement, mysteries, history and politics, and oodles of juicy fiction.

Bring your canvas shopping bags to cart home your bargain treasures: hard backs are $1 or 6 for $5; paper backs are 50 cents, or 12 for $5; children’s books are 25 cents; and there is a table of “better books” which are individually priced. Every child (up to the big 18 year olds) who walks through the door gets a free book.

Refreshments are available throughout the day, provided by the event sponsor, the Friends of the Langlois Library. Follow the signs on Highway 101 to the Floras Lake Loop turnoff. Stock up on your favorite books: there is a lot of gray, wet weather ahead! For more information, call the Langlois Public Library, (541) 348-1066.

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Old Town Marketplace Farmers Market, Winter Market Saturdays through through March 28

The Old Town Marketplace Farmers Market features the best in farm fresh products and lovely artisan works from around Southern Oregon. Saturdays, 10:00-4:00.