Black History Month


Photo taken from the Columbia University of Professional Studies

Maimouna Sow, Writer

When we hear the word “black”, several images immediately come to mind. The importance of black history has been discussed, as has the fact that it is impossible to discuss the establishment of America without mentioning black history. The historical accomplishments of all brave Black men and women are worthy of celebration, and the time has come to do so. Black History Month is commonly celebrated from February 1st through March 1st. While there are many justifications for this, it is important to note that the month of February also marks the births of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln, two influential men that have impacted black history, as well as the passage of the fifteenth amendment, which gave black people the right to vote.

Carter G. Woodson, regarded as the founder of black history, established Black History Month. In February 1986, Congress passed Public Law 99-244. It was made to recognize all black people from the early 17th century to the present and to highlight the contributions that all African Americans have made to the United States. The moment has come to recall the amazing accomplishments made by our predecessors in order for us to enjoy freedom and equality. This month is to honor the courageous men and women who are mentioned when discussing history. Black History Month is a celebration that should not just be commemorated for one month; it should be acknowledged every day. Black History Month is a success that our society should celebrate and be proud of.