Black History Month 2022
“Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations,” were the words spoken by Dr. Mae Jemison, the first African-American female astronaut. Along with Dr. Mae Jemison, many more prominent black figures have played an essential role in U.S history. Whether they were black civil activists, writers, abolitionists, or entertainers, they have all made a huge impact. By finding their voice and fighting for equal rights, they have inspired many to follow their dreams. This month of February, we celebrate and acknowledge the sacrifices and accomplishments of African Americans.
Black History Month originally dates back to 1915 when Carter G. Woodson created an organization called, The Association for the Study of Negro Life and History. Then in 1926, the first celebration happened and was named “Negro History Week.” Years later, the week for raising awareness instead became a month in 1976 when president Ford officially recognized it as such. The purpose of Black History Month was to recognize the contributions that the black community made to society and also celebrate their achievements. To this day, it continues to bring awareness to the history and current struggles that African Americans continue to face.
If we have learned anything from the past, it is that we can’t hide history. Instead, It is important to acknowledge history so that the same mistakes are not repeated. Although many believe that slavery was many years ago, racism and discrimination have never completely ended. After all, it’s only been 57 years since Jim Crow Laws ended in 1965. (Most of our Grandparents are way older than that!) It wasn’t too long ago that African Americans were denied equal treatment as white people. Discrimination was not uncommon for black people to face over the most common daily things such as drinking out of a water fountain, entering a restaurant, or sitting down on a bus. Thankfully many never gave up on ending the normalized racial segregation. They should be remembered and celebrated this month of February. One of the most known and influential civil rights leaders is Martin Luther King Jr. because of his significant role in the Civil Rights Movement. However, other civil rights activists are less known but made great contributions towards the Civil Rights Movement. If you want to know more about lesser-known Civil Rights leaders: Ella Baker, Philip Randolph, Daisy Bates, and Viola Gregg Liuzzo, I will link a video below.
Undeniably, African Americans have accomplished so much despite living in a society designed to oppress minorities. Black people continue to fight injustices and also strive in modern-day society. Black History Month helps us understand that awareness is essential for the equal treatment of different races and ethnicities. It is important to have Black History Month so that we can all educate ourselves on black history. We can also give recognition to the accomplishments of African Americans.