Black History Month

Black History Month is a month dedicated to paying tribute to the African Americans who have made history.

This month is special not only to Black people, but to all Americans as well.

“I feel that African Americans are deserving of this month because of how bad they  have been treated throughout the years,” said Elizabeth Yeatts, freshman.

Many would agree with her statement.

African Americans dealt with poverty, segregation, police brutality, oppression, and slavery.

They have been through a lot, but there was beauty in the struggle.

Those obstacles made them who them are.

“This month is important to me because it’s giving recognition to those who paved the way to freedom, created art and music, and more,” said Cashmere Reese, senior.

Most people typically think of slavery and freedom when it comes to Black History Month, which is important.

However, African Americans did so much more than that.

For example, Madame C.J. Walker was the first Black self-made millionaire in the Guinness Book of World Records.

She was known for her famous hair growth products.

Many other African Americans were known for their art, music, and famous inventions.

A lot of people wouldn’t know what Blacks did outside of things like slavery because it’s not talked about enough.

“I don’t feel educated enough about black history. They don’t teach us enough about it. They tell us about the same people every year, and they need to shine light on the others who contributed in making history,” said Jaliyah Word, senior.

Students hear about the same African Americans every year: Martin Luther King, Jr., Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, and Frederick Douglas.

Though they played an important part in black history, students want to be further educated about this topic.

That’s the significance of this month.

Black History Month is made to showcase and acknowledge the accomplishments African Americans achieved throughout history.