Each and Every Day

In Uncategorized on February 10, 2011 at 11:41 pm

I’ve never quite been a fan of Black History month. What we eventually end of doing is reducing a people’s achievement to factoids for 28 or sometimes 29 days. However, I do understand Carter G. Woodson’s desire to want to recognize a lost people, a forgotten and ignored history (Woodson is considered the father of Black History Month). Woodson’s hope would be that Black history would become America’s history, not a stand alone month where we “on this day in Black History…”

Mississippi SB 2718 in 2006 sought to integrate African American history into the K-12 core history curriculum. The Mississippi Civil Rights Education Commission’s is, according to Dr. Ollye Shirley a civil rights pioneer in her own right, “an important project because all of the children in this state, especially African-American children, need to learn about the contributions of all people. We have all played an important role in the development of this country.”

McDonald’s, KFC, and BET have been some businesses to adopt the moniker that Black History is 365. African American history is year round; African American history is not just Black history, it is OUR history, flowing through the veins of America’s history. African American history is not one man, one movement, it consists of the academic, the blue-collar worker, the man, the woman, children, some we know, some we do not. Woodson did not want “Negro History Week” to be the only time we commit to educating the present generation about the past, it was to be the starting point to bringing this rich, dynamic, diverse culture and history to the fore. Now we must continue to not recognize February as the stand alone month for Black History, but understand and appreciate each other through our past, each and every day.

  1. While McDonalds, KFC and BET claim to promote Black History 365 days a year these 3 companies are some of the most harmful to the Black community. While Black History Month is little more than just a symbolic token I think it is important to have because while Black history is American history if you look at the standards for history (which is being eliminated from many schools) they do not include many on Black Americans or history outside from a brief glimpse of slavery. This does little to uplift Black students or educate non-Black students. Until Black history is fully incorporated I feel as if this is the best that we have been offered.

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