Black History Month

Sydney Cole

Black History Month, a celebration of Black accomplishments and lives, was founded by Carter G. Woodson and Jesse E. Moorland in September of 1915. They also founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH), an organization dedicated to researching and promoting achievements by Black Americans and other people of African descent.
Even though Black History Month was created in 1915, it wasn’t officially recognized until President Gerald Ford encouraged the public to learn and strive to know more about Black experiences throughout history.
“Seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout history,” he said.
Black History Month encourages you to learn and not be afraid to recognize the triumphs and struggles of Black people throughout history, including the Civil Rights movement and their artistic, cultural, and political achievements. We honor some of the biggest achievements in Black history: when segregation laws were lifted, when the 13th amendment was accepted, when Barack Obama was elected as president and reelected for a second term, the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the Voting Rights act of 1965, and many more.
“I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality. I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word,” said Martin Luther King, Jr.
In the month of February, we celebrate some of the most important people in Black history: Martin Luther King Jr. who led the Civil Rights movement in the 1960’s, Harriet Tubman’s rescues of enslaved people after she escaped her own enslavement and got the slaves to safe houses through the Underground Railroad, Malcolm X, a civil rights activist around the time of the Civil Rights movement, and Frederick Douglass who escaped slavery and became a national leader of the abolitionist movement, and so many more Black rights activists. Every one of these people did something different for the Black community, but it all made a difference and changed the narrative around race and colorism.
“You’re not to be so blind with patriotism that you can’t face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or says it,” said Malcolm X.
It’s time to reflect on the 400 years of Black history and heritage. We need to take the time to learn about the culture, Black representation, identity, and diversity in our country’s past and present.