Happy President's Day!
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- James Cullum
Monday, February 20, 2012
Lorton's Caribou Coffee was packed with history buffs this morning. In recognition of President's Day, Patch asked Lorton-area residents this question: Who is your favorite U.S. President and why? Lorton's John Marollo had coffee with his friend, Erin Estep Marollo: "Who was the president who wrote the Federalist Papers? Madison. He tried to bring the states together." Estep: "I'm gonna say George Washington. He laid the foundation for other presidents to be judged against." Corporate trainer Sherron Diggs was quick with her answer. "Barack Obama. I think to persevere in a country where you become the first African American president is a great achievement, and to go in eight years after President Bush is commendable. He (Obama) knew …
2011 Theme: African Americans in the Civil War
February is African American History Month. The commemoration was initiated in 1926 as Negro History Week by Carter Godwin Woodson, the man known as The Father of Black History. Born in New Canton, Virginia, in 1875, Woodson was the son of former slaves. He earned a Ph.D. from Harvard, and was one of the first scholars to study black history. He dedicated his life to educating people about the contributions made by black men and women throughout time. He was an historian, author, and journalist, and founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, located in Washington, D.C. The Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies is at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville. Woodson …