Black History Month Essay 2013
I once heard Myrlie Evers, the wife of slain Civil Rights leader Medgar Evers, speak at the Governor’s Prayer Luncheon.
It’s common to see James Meredith, the first African American student at Ole Miss, in local churches or at community events.
Some argue it is unfair to devote an entire month to a single people group.
Others contend that we should celebrate Black history throughout the entire year.
It took place during the second week of February because it coincided with the birthdates of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. Woodson, a Harvard-trained historian is credited with the creation of Negro History Week.
In 1976, the bicentennial of the United States, President Gerald R. He said the country needed to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.” Black History Month has been the subject of criticism from both Blacks and people of other races.
Setting aside only one month, they say, gives people license to neglect this past for the other 11 months.
Despite the objections, though, I believe some good can come from devoting a season to remembering a people who have made priceless deposits into the account of our nation’s history.
Celebrating Provides an Opportunity to Highlight the Best of Black History & Culture All too often, only the most negative aspects of African American culture and communities get highlighted.We hear about the poverty rates, incarceration rates, and high school drop out rates.We are inundated with images of unruly athletes and raunchy reality TV stars as paradigms of success for Black people.The impact African Americans have made on this country is part of our collective consciousness.Contemplating Black history draws people of every race into the grand and diverse story of this nation.
Heroes like these and much more deserve to be honored for the sacrifice and suffering they endured for the sake of racial equality.