Black History Month

The month of February was designated Black History Month in 1976.

At CHS, there has been no school-wide mention of the month over the intercom.

In Pittsylvania County, I remember as a student in elementary and middle school regularly focusing on African Americans and their achievements that have impacted our country and the world during this month; high school has been different.

“Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of blacks in U.S. history.  Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating black history,” according to

It is almost the end of February, but as a student body, most have not discussed or learned anything new or significant during this month.

Martin Luther King Jr. is a popular person to recognize during this month for his statement that we are all the same no matter what ethnicity or race; everyone should be treated the equally.

“As a Harvard-trained historian, Carter G. Woodson, like W. E. B. Du Bois before him, believed that truth could not be denied and that reason would prevail over prejudice. His hopes to raise awareness of African American’s contributions to civilization was realized when he and the organization he founded, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASNLH), conceived and announced Black History Week in 1925,” according to

“The event was first celebrated during a week in February 1926 that encompassed the birthdays of both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. The response was overwhelming: Black history clubs sprang up; teachers demanded materials to instruct their pupils; and progressive whites, not simply white scholars and philanthropists, stepped forward to endorse the effort,” according to

Black History Month is a part of history. We are here to learn and we aren’t learning about an important historical event that changed the way so may people see the world. We need to focus on ALL history, this is history, and we need to and should learn about it.