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Portia Williams

Staff Writer

Thanks to an African American man named Carter G. Woodson, the month of February has been designated to be Black History Month.

Black History Month, or African American History Month is a time in which the contributions of African Americans are acknowledged in various ways, such as special programs and events which take place around the country during February each year.

There is a plethora of historical giants which grace the pages of history books, whose lives we celebrate, such as Thurgood Marshall, Booker T. Washington, and one of my personal favorites, Harriet Tubman. Being a person of African descent myself, I have a deep love and appreciation for my ancestors, and how their tragedies have led to my triumphs, and their plight was a segue for my purpose.

My friend, you do not have to be black to appreciate Black History Month, because black history is in actuality, a story about people, a people who persevered amidst grave danger and adversity, but never gave up. Black history is about standing up, and speaking out. Everyone can identify with these things, for overcoming obstacles is a battle for all humanity, whether we are black, white, Hispanic, or Asian.

Some would argue that viewing Black History Month in this regard dilutes the strength of its purpose, to that I would say, not so. For nothing can erase the fact that it was the sweat, blood and tears from African people toiling in the fields as slaves, being beaten unmercifully that helped to make this country great. We are in the Mayor’s Offices, the State Houses, and The White House, making history each and every day, that is an undeniable fact.

My friend let’s learn to celebrate with one another, and teach our children to do so. Make the time to educate yourself during the remainder of the month to learn something new about black history.

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