Monday, February 20, 2012

February is Black History Month

As an African living in the Diaspora, I thought I should say write a few things about Black History Month. And to bring its awareness to my International readers who knows very little or nothing about the importance of Black History Month. So, without further ado, here you go! 

What is Black History Month? A month to observe, remember and celebrate important people and events in the history of the African Diaspora. It is also a month to recognize present day blacks who are making a difference and changing black history.
Blacks in the Media

Where is it celebrated? In the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

When is Black history Month? Every February in Canada and the U.S and every October in the U.K

Dr. King giving the "I Have A Dream" speech
How is it celebrated? Many schools, black organizations, media outlets and individuals will hold educational talks, presentations and discussions about black history.  Last Year, I saw an episode on The Oprah Winfrey Show where she dedicated the entire show to black history. In this episode, she played clips from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s  "I Have A Dream" speech, interviewed the "Little Rock Nine" 54 years after their ordeal, and honored Black Americans such as Maya Angelou (also her mentor) who made it possible for her to become Oprah Winfrey.
Angry white parents, against "race mixing"
"Little Rock Nine" being escorted on their first day to prevent harm from angry white protesters.
Do blacks in the nation get the whole month off? No, they don't, because it's not a national holiday.

Why is black history in february? Because it's the birth month of two of the  most important  people in Black history; Abraham Lincoln (America's 16th president who ended slavery) and Frederick Douglas ( a former slave and abolitionist).

What does black history mean to me? It means I can walk in anywhere, whether it be a building, city or nation without worrying about the issues I might face due to the color of my skin. It means I can BE whoever I want to be as long as I am focused, work very hard and have Christ on my side. 

For you readers, what does black history month or a national day in your country mean to you?

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