Black History Month

Did you know that Europe celebrates Black History Month in October? But why is it in February for America? According to Britannica, Black History Month is celebrated in February because of Carter G. Woodson. Woodson was an American historian who began the African American studies in the early 20th century. His inspiration for these studies came from attending a three-week national celebration of the 50th anniversary of emancipation in 1915.

Carter G. Woodson and four others founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH) to encourage scholars to engage in the intensive study of the black past, which had been ignored by U.S. schools and scholarly communities. In 1926 he was determined to bring greater attention to African American history, the ASNLH launched Negro History Week in February 1926. This month values those who have shown courage and stood up for what they think is right.

We all know who Colin Kaepernick is and how controversial he has been in the National Football League (NFL). His story began when he decided to not stand during the national anthem. That had just shocked everyone. The motive behind this was a peaceful protest because he thinks that America isn’t equal and has never been. He’s expressing his thoughts on police brutality and racism in America. He was kicked out of the NFL for that action which further proved his point.

Picture taken from The Wall Street Journal

A civil rights activist. Tarana Burke continues to break down barriers and advocate for her beliefs. She is the founder of the #MeToo movement and she was named Time’s Person of the Year in 2017, her outbreak on the nature of sexual violence became an inspiration for many more survivors to come out and say Me too. “Candidates have a responsibility to address the rampant sexual violence that permeates all of society’s systems and structures, including government,” she said.

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