Black History Month (February 1 – 29)
As we know, February is the month where we acknowledge African American achievements throughout history. It’s a time where we celebrate our struggles for freedom and equality and deepen our understanding of America’s history.
Despite advancements, we find that in 2020, we are still fighting for rights and liberties that many do not have to fight for.
For example, laws were passed so that we can wear our natural hair and not face discrimination in the workplace, and many are still fighting this discrimination in certain states. Or, the right to drive our car without being harassed, also known as “Driving While Black”.
Instead of focusing on our struggles, this month, I want to focus on the progress made and what we continue to fight for and the individuals who are making the necessary changes to take those steps.
Black History Month reminds us that we need to know our past in order to know what doors will open in the future.
Growing up, we acknowledged the entire month in school and church by singing the National Black Anthem, Lift Every Voice and Sing.
We narrated the entire “I Have a Dream” speech. We acknowledged the heroes who came before us by studying their lives and becoming engrained in their history.
Now, schools barely mention Martin Luther King Jr., and the only excitement that comes from his name is the fact of knowing that classes are not in session on that day.
We cannot allow our history to get lost. It’s our job to teach our children the importance of the Obama’s being in the White House.
It’s our job to carry the torch for the next generation. We need to be their Black Heroes making history for them to talk about.
So, my question to you is, how do you plan on contributing to our Black History? What impact are you leaving for our children to learn?
The ball is now in our court to keep our history going. We are a part of the story for our next generation. How will your story end? What will they learn?