What February is Really About

Black History Month is an important time to reflect and look back on the history and people who changed America

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Natalia Scales

The Post acknowledges the importance of celebrating Black history throughout the entirety of the year

Natalia Scales, Staff Writer

February is the month dedicated to bring awareness and remembrance to black culture, which is an important thing to focus on during this time of the school year. Over time, the acknowledgement for black culture may have faded. Some people may not understand how important this month is.

 

Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream and gave a speech, changing the way our society is to this day. Progress is still needed in our society, and this desire for progress has been shown through continuing demonstrations and protests on civil rights. It is not too late for change and for a start of speaking up and teaching others. Our American society is made up of all different types of races and backgrounds that are important to be educated about. 

 

“Black History Month is something that isn’t talked about because of the bad things and the way black people were treated, which needs to be changed,” Eva Tombe (12) said.

 

There are limited resources available to the black community within our nation, and people still turn their backs to others because of the color of their skin instead of helping them succeed. Unable to accept the embarrassing past America has, those opposed to racial inclusivity tend to dismiss the past of black Americans and all the struggles they have gone through. Because of this, some Americans have lost their dedication in celebrating Black History Month and honoring those Americans.

 

“I think we need to learn about these leaders like we do with other leaders in America and honor them,” Tombe said.

 

We need to talk about and teach others the struggle many Black Americans have faced in efforts to get equal rights and be treated equally by their white neighbors. February should be a month to learn more each day about influential Black activists honor them and their contributions to Black history and culture.

 

One person infamous for her help within this movement was Rosa Parks. Parks was taken to jail after she refused to give up her seat on the bus to a white man. This was a violation of the segregation laws in her community at the time. Parks didn’t believe she needed to move seats because of her race, and she wanted to stand for what she believed was right. The Montgomery Bus Boycott, and other actions, helped lead to a larger scale civil rights movement involving many powerful people, including arguably the most important one in American history, Martin Luther King Jr. 

 

Black history should not just be talked about during one month, but rather talked about always and incorporated into American history. We need to be able to strengthen and understand our past and acknowledge Black Americans’ contributions to our human civilization and America every day. If we move forward together as a community, we will be able to fight for social justice and equality once and for all.