Throughout history, there have been many black iconic figures who have changed the lives of everyday people. As I look at the past contributions of blacks, I wonder why there is only one month that represents our accomplishments.
One of my friends pointed out to me that Blacks have built most of the country’s foundation. Why minimize their contributions to one month?
She also did not understand why the shortest month of the year was designated to celebrate all the achievements blacks have made. I agreed.
To name only a couple, there is William Grant Still, who created the first black symphony, and Patricia. E. Bath, who invented a method of eye surgery that has helped many blind people to see.
In 1926, Carter Godwin Woodson and other black and white scholars launched “Negro History Week” so Americans could reflect on all the contributions blacks have made in the past. In the 1970s, the celebration of black history was expanded to include the entire month of February.
It just seems that black history is not important. If these blacks are not being recognized, then their contributions will be forgotten.
Blacks having only one month to recognize their history gives a negative message, saying all the good we’ve done and the progress we’ve made is worthy only 28 days of celebration out of 365 days a year. It’s almost like saying we don’t deserve our spot in the history books.
Everyone is delighted about the events that take place during Black History Month. But before you get excited, remember that black history should be celebrated all year long.
Latasha Edwards is a sophomore public relations student from Houston. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.