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2017 HBCU calendar provides timeless knowledge

You’ll never know where you’re going, unless you first know where you’ve been. Designers of the “Our History Today!” calendar say make 2017 your year of self-pride, and acquire timeless knowledge, through use of the calendar.

The Educational Network publishes the “Our History Today! An African-American Journey” Black history calendar and resource guide. The 2017 edition is now available for purchase.

calendar1 copyThe calendar serves as a national fundraising vehicle for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). It showcases 12 such institutions, and lists nearly one million dollars in available scholarships. Since its creation in 2006, sale of the calendar has raised more than $400,000 for HBCUs.

This collector’s edition features hundreds of key facts highlighting the contributions and accomplishments of notable history-makers. Enjoy full-page profiles of 13 prominent African-American trailblazers in politics, education, sports, business, media and film/television. In addition, there is a farewell pictorial tribute to President Barack Obama.

“Across the nation, there has been a decline in high school graduation rates – especially, among African-American males – which may correlate to the lack of positive, accomplished role models and knowledge of Black history,” said Tracey Alston, founder of The Educational Network. “Understanding that our youth will never know where they’re going until they first know where they’ve been, our 2017 Black history calendar celebrates the amazing contributions – past and present – that our people have made to numerous industries, beyond sports and music, the nation and the world.”

2017 HBCU Calendar Gary Ad 2In conjunction with the calendar, The Educational Network has developed an online lesson plan system for teaching Black History and Multicultural Studies to students in grades K-12. The Common Core-aligned program is currently being used by teachers in several school districts across the nation.

The “Our History Today! An African-American Journey” calendar is available for purchase at the Chicago Crusader and Gary Crusader newspaper offices, through the mail, and at For more information, please call the Chicago Crusader at 773-752-2500.

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