Black History Month is a time when African Americans can take the time out and realize what the people before us fought for. This is a time when we celebrate and thank those African American men and women for giving us hope and teaching us valuable life lessons.
According to www.biography.com,Black History Month began in 1926, when Carter G. Wooden and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History announced that the second week of February would officially become “National Negro Week. During this time, we recognize and acknowledge the African American civilists, activists, and abolitionists that sacrificed their lives everyday to fight for equality and civil rights.
People such as Sojourner Truth, W.E.B. Du Bois, Malcolm X, and our very own Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., have had a major impact on the African American community.
“I feel like Black History Month is very important, definitely for us African Americans. No one will ever understand what we had to go through, including myself.” according to our staff reporter’s grandmother, Shirley Ann.
Many of today’s schools take a big part in Black History Month and do many activities for the students to learn and understand the significance of this rememberable month.
For example, teachers read aloud Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have a Dream” speech, and then have students write their own speeches about what they are inspired to change in today’s world. Teachers even have students do projects and plays on the important African Americans who have inspired the world. Here at Southfield A&T, “all staff and students are invited to help transform SHSA&T into a living museum by identifying a historical or prominent African American and portraying him/her for the day on 2/28/19”.