Black History Month Reflection

By Jermani Howard

Black history has one of the most tremendous history timelines that people still face today. For years, Black people have been dehumanized for the color of their skin, their features, their hair and their culture. Due to the traumatic history behind the black community, February is the month to celebrate black lives and history. Black History Month was created in 1926 in the United States, when historian Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History announced the second week of February to be “Negro History Week”. Black History Month wasn’t nationally recognized until 1976, when President Gerald Ford called upon the public to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”  

Years later, Black History Month is still relevant. People celebrate in many ways, by celebrating Black heroes, Black excellence, making traditional foods, playing music made by Black people, reading Black empowered poems and just generally celebrating each other and Black culture. Black History Month is very much valid. Of course one month can’t make up all what Black people have done for America, but it is a month-long holiday that appreciates Black people. Ways that people celebrated this year was by: supporting Black owned businesses, visiting a Black History or Civil Rights Museums, donating to  Black organizations, hosting a Black film marathon, wearing their hair out in its natural form to school, work or  social event and becoming a member of a Black organization. How did you celebrate Black History Month?