1) Plan. Decide on where you want to go and determine the time allotted for your stay.
2) Research. Know things about the place you are going and make reservations if necessary for this destination.
3) Documents. Essentially this means your drivers license and credit card. For international travel, an international drivers license and passport. Both are worthy and inexpensive. Surprisingly, the number of passport holders in the US is extremely low at less than 20% of the total population. Of that, I wonder how many African Americans own a passport?
4) Prepare. Pack and take what you need, but don't over pack. By all means, prepare early and try not to wait until the last minute.
5) Go. Travel can be refreshing, educational, and possibly a great means to network.
So how is travel incorporated with Black History Month? Well, it just so happens that if 'travel steps' weren't taken by Dr. Carter G. Woodson, there might not be a Black History Month!
Coined as being the father of Black History Month, Dr. Carter G. Woodson was born on December 19, 1875 to former slaves on a farm in New Canton, Virginia. He attended Berea College in Kentucky, earned a B.A. from the University of Chicago, became fluent in French and attended Sorbonne University of Paris, and earned a Ph.D. from Harvard University. His other 'travel steps' were being an educator in the Philippines and at West Virginia State College. In addition, he was a Dean of the School of Liberal Arts at Howard University. During the course of his life, he authored more than 30 books and had well over 100 book reviews and articles published.
Gaining recognition in 1926 from his promotion of Negro History Week, the concept was to designate national attention on the contributions that Black people have made throughout American History.
Woodson chose the second week of February to observe Negro History Week because the week holds the birthday of Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809) and Frederick Douglas (February 14, 1817)-two men that have greatly influenced Black Americans.
There is more, where a single step of travel can lead to worthy education and opportunity in our global community! In 1976, Negro History Week became Black History Month.
Wayne E. Brown is the Founder and CEO of WEB International Publishing. He is the author and publisher of BLACK SAMURAI: Work, Travel, Culture, Religion, Struggle, & Perspective of a Black American Man. For book signing, motivational speaking engagements, and/or appearances email: firstname.lastname@example.org or go the website for details: www.webinternationalpublishing.com
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