BLACK HISTORY MONTH
Winston Churchill said that “History is written by the victors.” For the most of America’s history, it was the white, rich, male directing what went into what was taught about the subject. Although black people have been in America at least as far back as colonial times, it wasn’t until the 20th century that they gained a respectable presence in history books. Until then, black people were largely absent from the subject.
Dr. Carter G. Woodson, born to parents who’d been former slaves, when earning his Ph.D. from Harvard, was disturbed to find that history books largely ignored the black American population. When they were mentioned, it was usually in ways that reflected the inferior social positon they were assigned at the time.
Woodson took on the challenge of writing black Americans into the nation’s history. He established an association for the study of Afro-American life and history and founded the ‘Journal of Negro History,’ and in 1926 he launched Negro History Week to bring the contributions of African Americans to the nation’s attention. It took a while to catch on, but since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month as February as Black History month.
It’s a time to remember the countless contributions of African Americans, who survived slavery and segregation, racial prejudge and discrimination and forged through to break the bonds that were held in place by ignorance and hate. It’s a call to each and every one of us to reflect on the cultural, political, scientific, and economic contributions that are woven throughout American society. Our diversity makes us stronger and we need to move past the hate spewed by those stuck in an archaic and shameful past and work together to build a better tomorrow. @blueravenartist @blueraventees
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