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Do We Need Black History? – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Do We Need Black History? – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Do we need Black History? Should we set aside a month for the study of Black History? Do Blacks have a history anyway? The social media is abuzz with views on these topics. In an effort to answer such questions the life and times of Amos Beman is pertinent. The young Beman had his heart set on attending Wesleyan but in 1832 the college was not admitting Blacks. The Board of Trustees passed a resolution on October 10, 1832 saying that, ‘none but white male persons shall be admitted as students of this institution.’

Beman was tutored three times a week in the living room of abolitionist Samuel P. Dole as private tutoring was quite common at the time. Beman grew up and became an influential pastor. In 1843 Noah Webster who is famous for his thesaurus asked Beman for his views on Black History. After a discussion Webster concluded that Blacks do not have a history and worse yet ‘there can be none.’   Continue reading

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