Black History Month Series Overview

Each week in February, News 12 features a segment to honor Black History Month.

Each week in February, News 12 honors Black

Each week in February, News 12 honors Black History Month with special coverage and inspiring stories. (Credit: News 12)

Each week in February, News 12 Long Island features a segment to honor Black History Month. Below are the featured people or topics. All are set to air at 8 a.m.

Monday, Feb. 6 - Part 1
HARLEM HELLFIGHTERS:  The Harlem Hellfighters was an all-black infantry regiment of the U.S Army National Guard during WWI and WW II. The nickname "Hell Fighters" was given to them by the Germans due to their toughness.  They never lost a man through capture or lost a trench to the enemy.  The "Harlem Hellfighters" service helped change the American public's opinion on African American soldiers and paved the way for future black soldiers.

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VIDEO: Interview with WWII veteran Arthur Weaver

Monday, Feb. 13 - Part 2
MADAM C.J. WALKER:  Born Sarah Breedlove in 1867, she was the daughter of former slaves who grew up on a Louisiana plantation. Walker was poor, illiterate and orphaned at a young age---but she went on to become an inventor and successful entrepreneur.  Walker founded the Madam C.J. Walker Company, a cosmetics firm specializing in hair products for African-American women, and was the first woman of any race to become a self-made millionaire in the U.S. Walker’s pioneering spirit and business savvy inspired Farmingdale business Sundial Brands LLC to bring Walker’s legacy back to life. Last year, the company relaunched the haircare brand developed more than a century ago by Madam C.J. Walker. The brand is being sold exclusively at Sephora stores nationwide.

More Information:
VIDEO: Extended interview with A'Lelia Bundles

Monday, Feb. 20 - Part 3:
JUPITER HAMMON: Jupiter Hammon was the first African-American poet to be published in the U.S.  Born into slavery to Henry Lloyd in Lloyd Harbor on October 17, 1711 -- Hammon went to school with the Lloyd family children, where he learned how to read and write. He wrote several poems and essays about slavery and religion -- and is considered one of the founders of African-American literature.

More Information:
VIDEO: Extended interview with historian Ciel Stepanian

Monday, Feb. 27 - Part 4:
RECONSTRUCTION OF PYRRHUS CONCER HOUSE: The Village of Southampton is reconstructing the home of former Southampton slave Pyrrhus Concer to honor the legacy of one of the most prominent former slaves in the northeast.  Concer was born into slavery and sold, at the age of 5, to a prominent Southampton man. He was later freed and in 1845, sailed the whaling ship Manhattan to the Orient and beyond. Concer eventually returned to Southampton, married, became a landowner, and used his sailboat to ferry residents from the lake in front of his home on Pond Lane to the ocean.

More Information:
VIDEO: Extended interview with preservationist Robert Strada  

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