In 1926 Black History Month started as a weeklong celebration only to finally be extended to a month in 1976. Black History Month was designated in order to properly honor and remember African American culture and history. Every year, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History sets a theme for the month not necessarily to limit or dictate the exploration of History but in order to provide a focus of attention to the public of important developments that value emphasis. The 2019 theme was Black Migration – emphasizing the movement of people of African descent to new destinations and to new social realities.
Why and How do we celebrate Black History Month
At CQ fluency, we recognized Black History Month on our social media platforms by highlighting just a few of influential figures and events that occurred during the month of February. It is extremely important to recognize and obtain a better understanding of the pains, progress, and accomplishments of the black community. By celebrating and honoring historic leaders that have made an impact on the community we are creating awareness of the history that has been established in order to appreciate the rights that we have gained and can continue to push for equality and future accomplishments.
How to continue to celebrate outside of February?
As February comes to end, that does not mean that the conversation must come to an end as well. If anything, it is most important to keep the conversation going! While having a monthlong dedication provides emphasis on the importance of Black History, it is important to keep discussing the progress that has been made and keep pushing toward new successes for the community every day. Whether its reading a book, supporting local and historical organizations, or just to sit down and learn more about history, you are contributing to the constant celebration and exploration of Black History.
“In recognizing the humanity of our fellow beings, we pay ourselves the highest tribute.”
—Thurgood Marshall, first African American U.S. Supreme Court member