Why Black History Month is important|BHM 2017

*I wrote this article for my school newspaper last year 2016 in response to the several students stating that black history month isn’t important.  

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It’s February, you know what that means. No, not Valentine’s Day. It’s the themed month that was once prominent when we were younger, but now has been completely abandoned: Black History Month (BHM).

  BHM is known to commemorate African American achievements and culture. This month, inspired by Woodrow Wilson, used to be an event that occurred one week in February. However, after the civil rights movement came upon America and college campuses started to actively participate in the week, President Gerald R. Ford made the proclamation of having an official BHM.

    It’s quite astonishing that our {community| doesn’t promote this month. Yes, we may see posters of famous quotes from the voice of Dr. Martin Luther King JR. but that doesn’t do the month justice. When I was in elementary school, everyone was required to read a packet documenting the impact that African American had on America. We wrote essays about our favorite African American celebrities. But now, all of the established awareness seems to have disappeared into history.

  One reason why BHM is no longer as appreciated it used to be is that many believe that African Americans having their own month promotes racial superioritythis statement only proves how BHM has absolutely nothing to do with racial supremacy. The point of BHM is to reminds us of the dire endeavours that African Americans endured and how we should be grateful for their struggles, because without them, America wouldn’t be the “land of equality.” BHM signifies the unity as we rose above racial dominance.

  BHM needs to be celebrated. Although we are no longer in the civil rights era, African Americans are still discriminated against and stereotyped; BHM was originated from the intentions to eliminate these two horrific acts.

   Brigham Young University conducted a survey, where a caucasian male who painted his skin black, interviewed students about BHM. Most of them didn’t know which month was BHM, and when the interviewer asked what they did during the month, someone said, “We go off campus to and eat fried chicken and drink grape juice.” Another student said, “ [I] listen to some Jay-Z.” The video goes on to show people spouting other racial stereotypes, and even impersonating a “typical” black person. Although it was intended to be a joke, it depicted Americans as being extremely ignorant about African American culture. We should feel awfully embarrassed as the widely diverse country that we are.

 

   We, as a {country}, need to be more knowledgeable about important African American figures that helped shaped our society today. There’s more to BHM than celebrating Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, and Malcolm X. What about civil rights leaders Bayard Rustin, Matthew Hensonwho co-discovered the North Poleand the renowned poet Maya Angelou? There are several black figures who don’t gain the recognition they deserve, due to the lack of gratitude towards BHM.

  BHM reminds us annually how African Americans have come from the days where they had to live in fear. If we don’t tell the old stories of black history to future generations, everything we know about black culture will eventually be obliterated.

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7 thoughts on “Why Black History Month is important|BHM 2017

  1. BHM is extremely important. Just like celebrating every other culture and diverse group. I always was told I was Puerto Rican (my mom lied and it’s a long story) but two and a half years ago I met my donator and found out I’m actually Cape Verdean which is African and Portuguese. I found it so fascinating because I never knew it was even a thing so I researched it and took a lot of pride in the culture and beauty of its people. I think knowing ur nationality (whatever it may be) and doing the research behind it to know where u came from is important in the journey to find out who u are.

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