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What Does Black History Month Mean to Me?

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Brianna Ford (’22)

Black History Month is not really a major factor in my life. The definition to me is acknowledging the importance of Black history and the culture itself. So, I would say, it is not a big thing to me. Every day is about showing attention and importance to Black History.

Brandon Rose (’23)

Black History Month, to me, is celebrating the history of Blacks in America and highlighting everything that we went through to make it to this point. This month is to celebrate our culture and make others aware of our culture. 

 

Tim Sargi (’23)

Personally, as a Caucasian person, I can only see the surface of what Black History Month means to African American people. I personally see it as a time to celebrate how far African American people have overcome many hardships simply because they have a different color skin. One of my biggest role models of all time is Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I think his impact on America is a huge part of what makes America so great. If you just listen to what he says you see the world and all people in a way different way. In all, Black History Month should be a time of celebration and recognition to celebrate what Black people had to go through to be seen as equal in America.

Clare Valenza (’23)

To me, Black History Month means recognizing and appreciating African Americans in our society and celebrating our differences. It’s about learning about their past and helping each other pave the way for a better future in our society. We need to acknowledge those hardships that African Americans have gone through in the past, as well as those notable and little known, who have tried to create a better future for their ancestors. However, I don’t believe that Black History should just be celebrated during the month of February. It should be celebrated 12 months, 365 days a year. As I said above, we need to understand, acknowledge and celebrate the history of African Americans in order to pave the way for a better future in our society. 

Karah Henderson (’22)

Black History Month is annoying to me. For example, they can push all of our pain, sweat and tears in a month. But when the month comes around, they treat it as if it doesn’t really matter. Not to sound bad or disrespectful, Black History Month appears as a joke to me. Why are we putting the years of pain and fight in one month? 

Nate Mooney (’23)

To me, Black History Month recognizes people that started an equality movement, how bad things were, and how far we’ve come as a country. But to also recognize how far we have to go, like with employers and police brutality. We praise Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Rosa Parks because they had the courage to say something and fight for what’s right.

Lauryn Stover (`22)

 

Black History Month means that everybody is coming together to understand and learn more about Black History. Also, this month is about accepting one another no matter what they look like.

 

Charlie Xie (’20)

I am particularly interested in African American History, because it is so intertwined with American History; they are inseparable. I believe that without love and justice advocated by African Americans like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Frederick Douglass, America would not be what it is today. I also believe that the American story should never be monolithic, and the lives of African Americans enrich human beings as one complete race. So, every month for me is Black History Month. But, to me, Black History Month is never reserved exclusively for Black people. It is a reminder that African Americans continue to exert significant influences on us intellectually, socially, politically and culturally. There are so many visions, aspirations and struggles in the history of the African diaspora that inspire, challenge and liberate me. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Malcom X envisioned an international alliance between oppressed people of all stripe. And, through social and intellectual discourse, I wish to build bridges between us by understanding Black American history. 

Jayla Pleasant (’22)

Black History Month is a time to respect and appreciate those that have come before us, who have fought for justice and opportunities for the Black community. It means to find beauty in our culture even when the world looks down upon it. In addition, Black History Month is a time to educate the ignorance of the world and even our own people about the culture that formed us. For me, it’s a time to reflect on the sacrifices that those before me have given in order for me to be where I am now. It’s time to show our society what black excellence looks like and to show them that we do not fit under a stereotype. 

Alexander Beedles (’22)

To me, Black History Month is having a specialized month for Black people, and others, to discuss Black culture and inform others about the importance of Black history. Also, it gives us the platform to inform others on the social injustices that Black people experience on a daily basis. 

Kendall Long (’23)

 

To me, Black History Month means a time to be able to show Black excellence because we usually don’t have the opportunity to, and it’s also a time to educate people about our history. Our history doesn’t start with slavery, because that’s what people often think, but it’s in the roots of Africa. Hence the name, African Americans. I feel like it’s also a time to help Black people enjoy their blackness and their African roots as well. I feel like a lot of black people don’t know their history and it shouldn’t be our job to teach them, but we have to because no one else will. Also, we have to be able to voice our experiences of being Black in America, the fears that Black people know best. We all know it’s going to take more than a month to do all of this, but at least we have a month to focus on it. 

William Foster, Jr. (’21)

Black History Month doesn’t mean anything to me. I celebrate my culture and heritage every day. I choose to teach myself the history of my people whenever I want to. Not when people say it’s time to during the shortest month of the year. 

 

Cooper Flowers (’22)

Black History Month means recognizing African Americans that have had so many achievements and the central role they played in the United States to help develop what it is today.