Why do we celebrate Black history?

Our Black heritage is rooted so deep in tradition, culture, and the struggle for equality and freedom. For so long “Black folk” were considered to be stupid, inferior to Whites, and unable to read or write.We have come so far as a race because we were once followers by force, but now we are leaders ready to inspire and affect people in positive ways. It all started decades ago and included leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. Dubois, and Marcus Garvey all fighting for African American equality. And raising the bar by letting all people know that African Americans are educated, and that our talents stretch further than song and dance.

During the month of February we take time to show our appreciation to these great leaders of the civil rights movement and also reflect on how we can grow as people. We laugh, cry, and listen to stories, poems, song, dance, lectures, and speeches on our history. We must embrace Black history and remember that it is the reason why we are able to be so successful today.

Sometimes we get to distracted with ourselves, and forget about helping others, that is what Black history is about. Unification of the black race is what makes us strong. Marcus Garvey said, “Black is Beautiful” and we should remember this and walk with our heads high and always be the best that we can possibly be.

Black history month is such a special time because it is a time for “Black folk” to enjoy our rich heritage. It is a time to show each other how much we love each other. It is a time to thank God for bringing our race so far out of oppression. Black History makes us appreciate what we have today and makes us remember why we must press on to be lawyers, doctors, business owners, and educators.

“Black folk” do not let this month pass by without taking time to reflect on your past, your present and your future. Share a piece of knowledge with someone and give back to your community, but whatever you decide, celebrate Black history.