As we all know, the month of February is dedicated to celebrating black culture and the contributions, and achievements of African Americans throughout the nation’s history. However, a lot of my friends and I had begun questioning the true impact of Black History Month. The dots I wanted to connect were...
Why just one Month?
Is it supposed to empower us? Or highlight our lowest points?
shouldn't black history be considered American History?
Whether you agree or not, it is an undeniable fact that the foundation of this nation was built on the backs of our ancestors. Black people worked from the ground up, through blood sweat and tears in order to create the things that make up our world as we know it. We deserve equal rights, and equal education. We deserve equal opportunities. We deserve to have our excellence acknowledged, and our voices listened to, not just heard. We deserve to be respected. We deserve to be empowered. And with that being said, black history should be acknowledged just as commonly as American History is.
With that being said, however, we've all been there. We go to our history class on the 1st of February, waiting to be told to flip to the chapter about slavery in our textbooks. As a young person of color, if all you're reading about the history of your people is the suffering and humiliation they were put through... it can have a lasting effect on how you view your place in the world.
For young people of color, it is extremely important for us to know our history for both its good and it's bad. Of course, learning about the hardships black people faced is extremely important, however, educators AND students popularize the celebration of the advancements, inventions, and revolutions won by African Americans both in history and happening today!
Although Black History should be covered regularly as a part of American history, I do think that having Black History Month is necessary. I say this because across the county and even worldwide, there are many places where diversity lacks terribly, and if it weren't for black history month those people may not ever find a reason to cover black history.
In closing, as the last night of February comes to an end, I would like to close with a short note to all of you, and to anyone who celebrates black history month.