Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Reflections on Black History Month

It’s Black History Month once again. Now that America has a black president, people are debating whether or not we still need Black History Month. My opinion: yes we do, more than ever. Why? Because there are still plenty of people in this country who know very little about the accomplishments of black people aside from George Washington Carver, Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, and Martin Luther King Jr. Our history is rich with examples of inventors, scientists, artists, explorers, etc. Many inventions we take for granted today were the brainchildren of forgotten African Americans from yesteryear. And there are still many trailblazers living today that we can and should recognize for their role as living history. The African American contribution to history should be recognized, and continuing the tradition of Black History Month will help us to do so.

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