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07 February 2016

The Relevancy of Black History Month

'There is that great proverb--that until the lions have their own historians, the history of hunt will always glorify the hunter. Once I realized that, I had to be a writer ~Chinua Achebe ~

 I recently read an article by Nadra Kareem Nittle titled Is Black 
History Month Still Relevant.  She's a race relations expert featured on the about.com website.  Ms. Nittle gave a brief pro and con commentary of this ongoing debate with a validation of the need for this month in which we both agree. She writes:

 "The standard history books continue to prominently feature whites while relegating racial minorities to the margins. Until the contributions of minority groups are the focal points of history books rather than footnotes, the need for Black History Month, Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, National Hispanic Heritage Month and the like will remain strong."


Briefly, I must admit that the title reflects a certain weariness with the chronic marginalization of a people whom for centuries have endured various levels of peripheralization.  There are some populations within the "black community" who differ  on the relevancy of this practice.  We've been at it since Carter G. Woodson declared it a necessary and viable means of  showcasing our accomplishments and our worth towards the building of this country.  It also serves as a means of inspiring our children and others to dream and strive for a more meaningful existence in a country that treats us as second class citizens.  There are exceptions, of course, but far too many of us have yet to realize the following in the 21st century.


   We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.
I'm sure that it has something to do with the founding fathers writing the United States Declaration of Independence predicated on the devastating institution of slavery!

 *Archival Featured Post:  Is There a Need for Black History Month? 

2 comments:

mary burrell said...

Black History should be celebrated 24/7/265

Carolyn Moon said...

Touché...Touché!

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