AKA National African American History Month
This is the annual celebration of achievements of black people which was celebrated initially in the US, it’s now celebrated in US/Canada in Feb and Oct in the UK.
Black History month is a time when Africans and the rest of the world can take the time out and learn about what Black people have been through and what they have achieved. Black History is a time of rejoicing, celebrating and thanking our ancestors for giving us hope or a life lesson that is still relevant in this day and age.
“If a race has no history, it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world, and it stands in danger of being exterminated. “ - Carter G Woodson
President Gerald Ford
In 1976, President Gerald Ford officially recognised Black History Month, urging the public to “seize the opportunity to honour the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavour throughout our history.”
Black History Month is designed to recognise history, experiences and accomplishments of black people. In schools, students learn about what figures such as Martin Luther King Jr, Rosa Parks, Malcolm X, and many others achieved.
Black History Month has sparked annual debates about the fairness of dedicating a month to the history of one race. Some critics have asked whether it is appropriate to confine the celebration of black history to one month, rather than integrate the teaching of black history into mainstream education for the rest of the year.
I personally think that when something is important it shouldn’t be left to the government or education boards to decide when we educate ourselves and our children on our countries of heritage, achievements of our people and current events concerning Africa.
Having a month dedicated to black history is a step in the right direction to educate others, however, it should never be seen as being enough. Usually the same themes are repeated; slavery, Martin Luther King and occasionally Nelson Mandela; we are so much more than this and we should explore and celebrate Africa daily.