As we all know, February is the month where America spends 28 days focused on black history. Black History Month is an opportunity to understand Black histories, going beyond stories of racism and slavery to spotlight Black achievement. Everywhere in schools, media, news, streets people call out for equality between races and try to educate the society over this matter.
Black History Month’s first iteration was Negro History Week, created by Carter G. Woodson in 1926. He aimed to encourage people of all ethnic and social backgrounds to discuss the Black experience. If you dig into the US history lessons, you will find full stories about ordinary people who helped create the nation’s history. There’s a movement afoot to incorporate black history into the regular history school curriculum, to view it as a central part of the American story rather than treating it as a sidebar to the American history lessons typically taught in US schools. But as it seems the system is not there yet. This month must continue to serve as a crucial opportunity to broaden students’ knowledge and help them connect the past with their lives today.
February was chosen as the month to celebrate Black Lives as it coincides with the birthdays of both former US President Abraham Lincoln and social reformer Frederick Douglass, who played a significant role in helping to end slavery.