Black Ancestors : Black History Month: Why February?

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.......According to Carter G. Woodson, it was primarily Douglas' unknown birthday in February, which prompted the particular month we currently celebrate...


Black History Month: Why February?

Black History Month recognizes Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, major figures in African-American history who were both born in February. Since 1976, it's become a national tradition, inspiring Women's History Month, Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, Hispanic Heritage Month, and American Indian...



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African Nurse Saved GIs at Battle of Bulge

By Martin King
Courtesy of Army News Service
It was a bitterly cold winter morning when Augusta Chiwy's tram pulled into Brussels Central train station, Dec. 16, 1944.

The aid station where Augusta Chiwy volunteered on the Rue Neaufchateau in Bastogne, Belgium, was destroyed by German bombs on Christmas Eve 1944, killing 30 American soldiers. U.S. Army photo (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available.

On that very same day at 5:30 a.m., green troops of the 106th Golden Lion Division were rudely awakened from their winter sojourn by a hellish barrage of incoming artillery shells, "screaming meemies," accompanied by the menacing rumble of Tiger and Panther tanks on the move. Just over the German/Belgian border, out in an area known as the Schnee Eifel, three German armies had assembled almost under the noses of the allies.
Brussels was still alive with commuters going about their daily routines when Chiwy arrived at the train station. She had been working at St. Elizabeth General Hospital in the Flemish town of Louvain and was on her way to visit relatives in Bastogne.

Chiwy noticed an inexplicable sense of urgency in many of the assembled passenger's demeanors as she boarded the train for Namur about 30 miles south of Brussels. The train stopped there, and passengers wishing to go to the next destination were herded into open cattle trucks and taken as far as Marche. From there, Chiwy hitched a ride from a GI who took her to the center of Bastogne.
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Nurse Augusta Chiwy, left, talks with author and military historian Martin King moments before receiving an award for valor from the U.S. Army, in Brussels, Monday. (AP Photo/Yves Logghe)

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