History Matters

History is the knowledge and study of the past. History is the story of who we are, where we come from, and can reveal where we are headed.  February is, recognized as Black History Month and is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing our central role in the United States.  In 1915 Carter G Woodson and Jesse E Moorland founded the Association for the study of Negro Life and History. The organization sponsored a national Negro History week in1926.  They chose to host the event during the second week of the month, to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. 

This event inspired schools and communities to create history clubs, and host performances and lectures.  Mayors also issued proclamations recognizing this week of Negro History.  However, due to the civil rights movement, and the awareness of Black identity, many college campuses, began to engage in a month long celebration.  In 1976, President Gerald Ford officially designated the month of February as Black History Month.  Black History Month is now, celebrated in other countries, such as Canada, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. 

Today Black History is a time for reflection.  However, it is also important, that we continue to share our history, and challenge individuals that would like to see our history disappear.  History matters, because when the right story is not told, individuals, may doubt or fail to recognize that their story really matters. 

It is important for us to study History, because it is essential for us to understand ourselves, and the world around us.  We when study history, we can also ensure that others, do not distort facts, to keep the truth from prevailing.  In addition, as we celebrate Black History, take time for reflection.  Take time to study the history of what has made the story of Black Americans, powerful, unique, sad, triumphant, and transformative, throughout the history of America.

Dr. Regina Banks-Hall,

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