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Issue 8: Letter From the Editor

Issue 8: Letter From the Editor

Written by: Gabriella Alleyne

Graphic: The Zeal Life

Hello and welcome to Kaleidoscope Teen Magazine’s 8th issue! Happy Black History Month! 🤎🤎🤎

What is Black History Month?

Black History Month was started in 1915 and it gives us the opportunity to celebrate and share Black culture and achievements. It is a month where we educate ourselves on Black history and heritage, a time to recognize Black people’s contributions to history, and honor Black people from all periods of history. 

The theme for Black History Month this year is Black Family Representation, Identity, and Diversity. This year’s theme “explores the African diaspora and the spread of Black families across the United States.” 

How did Black History Month start? 

Historian Carter G. Woodson co-founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH) with prominent minister Jesse E. Moorland. ASNLH is an organization dedicated to researching and promoting achievements by Black Americans and other people of African descent. It is now known as Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH). In 1926, ASNLH sponsored a national Negro History Week. They choose the second week of February to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. This event inspired schools and communities nationwide to organize their own celebrations, create history clubs, and host performances and lectures. 

In the years to follow mayors throughout the country began to recognize Negro History Week. By the late 1960s, Negro History Week evolved into Black History Month on many college campuses because of the Civil Rights Movement and increasing awareness of Black identity.

In 1976, President Gerald Ford officially recognized Black History Month. He said, “seize the opportunity to honor the too often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.” Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month.

The theme for Kaleidoscope Teen Magazine’s 8th issue is Colorism. We will be sharing content that has to do with Colorism and Black History Month. Look out for posts on our Instagram account about Black History Month. In this issue there will also be a Black History Month Spotify Playlist, a Colorism in Bollywood article, interviews, and more. 

Graphic by: Colton Starley

Stay tuned for the articles, videos, and podcast episodes that will be coming out this month. 

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I hope you enjoy this issue! 

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Gabriella Alleyne
Gabriella Alleyne

My name is Gabriella Alleyne and I’m the creator of Kaleidoscope Teen Magazine. I am originally from New York City. I am a freshmen at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California. I’m majoring in Dance and I want to double major in African American Studies and minor in Public Relations. I am a dancer and a Brown Girls Do Ballet Ambassador. I love to write poetry, perform, and make YouTube videos.


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