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February 29, 2012

The Ivy League Celebrates Black History Month

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PRINCETON, N.J. -- The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines the word influence as "the power or capacity of causing an effect in indirect or intangible ways."

The Ivy League's influence on the Black History Month dates all the way back to the origin of the annual celebration of achievements by black Americans as February has become a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. The month-long celebration has been traced back and attributed to noted historian Carter G. Woodson (1875-1950). Woodson became the second African-American to earn a doctorate from Harvard, following famed civil rights activist, author and historian W.E.B. Du Bois.

While Woodson did not have a direct impact on the fields or arenas, his influence paved the way for so many African-Americans to have sigificant and lasting impacts on the sports landscape, especially on the collegiate level and particularly in the Ivy League.

In 2012, IvyLeagueSports.com celebrated Black History Month by taking a deeper look into "The Ivy Influence." Through a collection of "Did You Know?" informational pieces, the League highlighted individuals who have had an influence, both directly and indirectly, on the fabric of the conference's storied history of African-American student-athletes, coaches and administrators.

Click on the links below to read more:

Date  
Wednesday, February 1 Paul Robeson, Columbia (Law School)
Thursday, February 2 Allison Feaster-Strong, Harvard
Friday, February 3 Ivies in the NFL
Monday, February 6 Holding Down the Hardwoods
Tuesday, February 7 Dawn (Chuck) Kane, Brown
Wednesday, February 8 Ivies in Sports Media
Thursday, February 9 Neil deGrasse Tyson, Harvard
Friday, February 10 Patricia Melton, Yale
Monday, February 13 Cornell Connection
Tuesday, February 14 Theresa Moore, Harvard
Wednesday, February 15 Kwaku Ohene-Frempong, Yale
Thursday, February 16 Lucy Diggs Slowe, Columbia (Graduate School)
Friday, February 17 Deborah Saint Phard, Princeton
Monday, February 20 Anita DeFranz, Penn (Law School)
Tuesday, February 21 Meredith Rainey Valmon, Harvard
Wednesday, February 22 Kim Selmore, Dartmouth
Thursday, February 23 Tom "Satch" Sanders, Harvard (Coach)
Friday, February 24 Ivies in College Athletics
Monday, February 27 William Henry Lewis, Harvard (Law School) 
Tuesday, February 28 Karen Saah, Penn
Wednesday, February 29 Jeomi Maduka, Cornell & Adam Powell, Columbia