Did You Know it’s Black History Month?

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Did You Know it’s Black History Month?

By: Olivia Binder and Ellie Weatherly

 

This February is the start of black history month,a month where we celebrate African American achievements. Black history month started when historian Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History announced the second week of February to be “Negro History Week”. Carter G. Woodson was an African-American historian, author, journalist and the founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. The month of February is observed as Black History Month and we use the month to remember the important contributions and achievements of African Americans.

There are many amazing and outstanding African Americans that have accomplished great deeds in science and other studies. Roger Arliner Young,a zoologist,is one of the many that accomplished something great. She was born in 1889 and died November 9, 1964. She grew up in Burgettstown,Pennsylvania and in 1916 she entered Howard University. In 1921 she took her first science course under Ernest Everett Just who is also an African American scientist. With the help of Ernest Everett Just, Roger Arliner Young began to excel in the study of zoology.

Roger Arliner Young’s most famous accomplishment was that she was the first ever African American woman to receive a doctorate degree in zoology. Even though in school she had bad grades,Just saw some promise in Young and began to tutor her. She became a real genius in zoology and started to excel in school. During the summer Young worked at the Marine Biological Laboratory,she helped with research on fertilization process in marine organisms. Young also worked on the process of hydration and dehydration in living cells.

There are many,many other African Americans that have accomplished great deeds in science and it’s hard just to talk about one individual. Black History month is a month to admire those who worked hard and made names for themselves. Like others, Roger Arliner Young faced many challenges on her journey to get a doctorate degree in zoology. But also, like others, she prevailed and made history.

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Did You Know it’s Black History Month?