Do you even know the history behind “Black History Month” and how it started? Out of all races it is African-Americans who are the most oppressed.
The precursor to 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”. This week was chosen because it coincided with the birthday of Abraham Lincoln on February 12 and of Frederick Douglass on February 14, both of which dates black communities had celebrated together since the late 19th century.
However Black History Month was first proposed by black educators and the Black United Students at Kent State University Kent, Ohio in February 1969. The first celebration of Black History Month took place at Kent State one year later, from 2/1/1970 – 2/28/1970.
Six years later Black History Month was being celebrated all across the country in educational institutions, centers of Black culture and community centers, both great and small, when President Gerald Ford recognized Black History Month, during the celebration of the United States Bicentennial.
He urged Americans to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history”.
Black History Month often sparks an annual debate about the continued usefulness and fairness of a designated month dedicated to the history of one race. Criticisms include questions over whether it is appropriate to confine the celebration of Black history to one month, as opposed to integration of Black history into the mainstream education the rest of the year. Another criticism is that the celebration is racist. We ask how is the celebration of your racist if you’re celebrating your triumphs, achievements, and accomplishments towards breaking barriers that make people not equal. African-Americans are not the only race that have a celebration month. Lets see there’s, Asian Pacific American Heritage Month , Jewish American Heritage Month,German American Heritage Month,National Hispanic Heritage Month, and even a Native American Heritage Month.
Hmm… Do you see a trend? There are many others races besides African-Americans who months to celebrate their race and or heritage all of which went through oppression from which is said to be the dominate race which is White American. However, as of July 2016 African Americans are the largest racial minority, amounting to 13.3% of the population.
Even though Black History is celebrated in the shortest month which is February, it still has a purpose and deserves to be celebrated as the race continues to break barriers. It’s important for any race to their history of where they came from and know where their going.