Black History Present

Illustration by Shannon Wright

In 1926, American historian Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History announced that the second week of February would be “Negro History Week,” where educational institutions would take time to focus on the history of African Americans. The concept was a hit and gained in popularity over the following decades. Then, in 1970, Black History Month was first celebrated at Kent University and the rest is… you know.

Over the past six years, The Nib has always commissioned work around the celebration for the month of February, but in 2021 it feels like time to focus on a different aspect of the lived experience of Black peoples in the United States of America and worldwide:

The Black present.

The Nib is currently seeking pitches on the Black present for a Response feature piece to run in February. The Response is where we round up comics of four panels on different social issues from a variety of different artists.

We’re looking for all kinds of responses here — personal stories from your life, tales of heroes from the year past who you think everyone should know about, connections you feel to unfolding events, or unpacking issues facing Black folks in this day and age. If you have an idea for a piece, please send us a short pitch, just a couple of sentences, on what you want to discuss and how you want to approach it.

We’re looking to commission work by January 28 for publishing in mid-February.

Email with your idea asap.

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