Why Do We Have Black History Month?

 

Black History Month was actually “Negro History Week” for fifty years, from its conception in 1926 by historian Carter G. Woodson until 1976 when President Gerald Ford issued a decree to extend it for the full month.

But why is Black History Month even necessary?

Because even in the 1960s, middle school American History books barely featured any people of color. Their history wasn’t being taught in schools at all, yet some of our most profound innovators, entrepreneurs, and creators have dark skin.

Dr Woodson (a Harvard PhD history scholar), recognizing the need to specifically highlight the BIPOC contributions to society (because it seemed like no one else was planning to), said “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.”

We repeat “with liberty and justice for all” in the middle school classrooms; it should be a given that the history of all should be taught within those same classrooms.

But now, with the hysteria of supposed Critical Race Theory (which is college-level application of principles) being taught to children, with some parents even pulling their children out of school to prevent them from learning such historical moments as Dr Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a dream” speech or the Brown vs Board of Education Supreme Court ruling, it seems that even with an entire month dedicated to the achievements and contributions of the black community, we are still fighting for that pesky word “all.”

 

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