Black History Month

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Zelia Garcia

February is Black History Month and it’s celebrated each year to recognize and appreciate the achievements of African Americans and their role in history. Black History Month is commonly associated with powerful figures like, Martin Luther King Jr., Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, Muhammad Ali, Jackie Robinson, Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou, George Washington Carver, and Barack Obama, but there are countless other African Americans who’ve made a huge impact in history. Such as self-made millionaire Madam C.J. Walker, astronaut Mae C. Jemison, open-heart surgeon Daniel Hale Williams, inventor Garret Morgan, media mogul Oprah Winfrey and many more. These people and their successes represent their struggle through history and how they eventually overcame them.

Since there are so many people who are recognized throughout black history month, it’s difficult to focus on just one person, when all of them deserve to be talked about. “The person that stands out to me the most when I think of black history month is Rosa Parks,” said Keyon Cota (11). She was a civil rights activist who refused to surrender her seat to a white passenger on a segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Her defiance that day sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott, when approximately 40,000 African-American bus riders—the majority of the city’s bus riders—boycotted the system the next day on December 5, 1955. “I remember the first time I ever learned about Rosa Parks. I was fascinated by her story and how even though she knew she would be arrested, she still stood up for what she believed in,” said Ebony Miller (10). While black history month is a time to celebrate those from the past, it’s also the time to celebrate the present and bright future for African Americans. “In comparison to the past, I can proudly say that now I think us African Americans are finally getting some of the respect that we deserve, but of course we still have a long way to go,” said Deyana Moore (11). It’s true, there’s still a lot of work to be done on behalf of everyone in the United States. The past cannot be made up for, but the future can make the struggle worth it. 

The struggle African Americans went through and continue to go through is heartbreaking and the terrible things done to them can never be made up for. There are so many people throughout history that have changed us as Americans and who have shaped our community into what it is now. There’s still a lot of work to be done, but together we can all make the world a happy place where everyone is equal, especially for those who have suffered continuously for years. While February is declared “Black History Month”, it’s important to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments made by African Americans every day of the whole year.