By Katey Herndon
February has rolled around and that means so has Black History Month. Black History Month is a month to celebrate Achievements by African Americans and their central role in our history. Black History month was started by Carter G. Woodson who was an African American historian, scholar, and educator. In 1976, President Gerald Ford officially recognized Black History month. Now, each president announces and acknowledges the start of Black History Month, which President Trump did recently.
Each year the President of the United States chooses and endorses a different theme. The theme for 2018 is “African Americans in Times of War” which marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I and the role African Americans played in warfare in the past and present.
On February 4th, the world celebrated Rosa Park’s birthday. Parks made a big impact in our history. She refused to give up her seat on the bus, causing her to get arrested. After more than a year of protest, segregation was outlawed on public buses. Not only did Rosa Parks change society but other important African Americans like Martin Luther King Jr., Harriet Tubman and many others did too.
Many places and states celebrate Black History Month in a variety of ways. Many schools celebrate Black History Month, museums have special exhibits, and many people look back at the history of America and reflect on the important roles African Americans have played. Many different countries celebrate Black History Month, also, such as the United Kingdom and Canada.
Some celebrities and other influences have criticized Black History Month claiming that African Americans are part of American history and should not be celebrated just one month out of the year. Black History Month is in February because it is when President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln was born, and social reformer Frederick Douglass was born. Black History month is a time to honor those who shaped America and stood up for the rights of themselves and others in times of need. Black History Month will be celebrated across America remembering those important in American history and in everyday society.