February Is Black History Month

It was a warm summer day, crowds of individuals came together with masks on, posters, water bottles, megaphones -- protests across the country were being covered on all news broadcasting platforms. 

I spotted a little girl holding a large poster that read, “How can you have Black friends, date Black people, listen to Black artists, consume Black media, indulge in Black culture, and be silent when Black people are murdered?” 

Through all the advocating, activism, support, and actions towards change, it is disappointing to witness the constant fight against systemic racism that is still evident in today’s time. However, this month, we realize something greater. This month, we celebrate the history of African American descent and their achievements. This month, we honor Black History. 

According to a book published by the Universal Negro Improvement Association, the colors red, black, and green symbolize Black history month. Red stands for the blood which men must shed for their redemption and liberty, black signifies the noble and distinguished race to which one belongs, and green is the color of one’s Motherland. 

Black history occurs in February because of the anniversary of the 13th amendment, which abolished slavery, and the celebration of National Freedom Day, observed on February 1st. It is imperative to also remember Frederick Douglass, famed abolitionist who escaped slavery and President Abraham Lincoln who formally abolished slavery. 

History releases that this year's theme is “Black Family: Representation, Identity and Diversity” which explores the African diaspora and the spread of Black families across the United States. 

Today, figures like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Barack and Michelle Obama, Kamala Harris, Amanda Gorman are only a handful of many individuals who have made their mark in history and have encouraged the younger generations to achieve what they dream, no matter the color of their skin. These role models exemplify what it means to be brave, smart, and a leader. 

May we recognize that this is not just Black history, but American history. So much of Black excellence has been rooted in our nation and those of color continue to succeed in achievements today. So as we know February to be Black history month, may we educate ourselves, acknowledge this celebration, honor these individuals, and stand alongside them as we continue to advocate for change and support one another in this fight against systemic racism. 

Please visit this link to know how you can celebrate and honor Black history month.