Carter’s Legacy

In Uncategorized on February 1, 2010 at 11:26 am

“Those who have no record of what their forebears have accomplished lose the inspiration which comes from the teaching of biography and history.”–Carter G. Woodson

Initially began as Carter G. Woodson’s attempt to preserve a people’s history while demonstrating how Black history is America’s history, Black History Month, which initially started out as Negro History Week, is much more than us reciting the events of our predecessors. African American history is 365; we live it; we breathe it, everyday. Looking to the White House down to the state house, African American history is intrinsically woven into the American fabric.

There are still African American firsts being accomplished– in 2009 the people of Alligator, MS, and Philadelphia, MS, elected an African American as mayor for the first time, Michael Steele became the first leader of the Republican National Committee, only to name a couple.

It wasn’t that long ago where my grandmother would tell me stories of her experiences of paying poll taxes. It wasn’t that long ago where I didn’t think an African American would become President. If I were my cousin’s age during this time (he’s 12), the prospects for one America couldn’t be more achievable.


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