Why Black History Month Is More Than A Month

Why Black History Month Is More Than A Month

Its not Black History its American History.

When people think of black history month they either ask the questions: "Why do they get a whole month?" Or "Why is black history month the shortest month?"

Black history month originally started as a week, it all started with Carter G Woodson. Woodson started this because he felt that Black Americans were overlooked and ignored by history textbooks and teachers. So he started a black history week in 1926, which lead to teachers noticing the contributions that Black Americans had on American history. It was later when the president thought it was a good idea to have a black history month.

February was the month that was chosen because it has the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Fredrick Douglas, which Woodson believed they had a huge impact on the rights of Black Americans.

Some people talk about how when it's Black History month they learn about the same five people, and I have to agree. When I was in elementary school, my teachers tried to do at least one lesson the first day of February. But it was always the same lesson; Martin Luther King or Rosa Parks-- what about Emmett Till and the bus boycott that was before the Montgomery boycott. I learned most of my history from my family and I think if you really wanted to know about the civil rights fight you would have to do research by yourself.

I saw this video once that was about the world without black history month. The video talked about how without Black Americans we would have missed out on advancements of cell phone technology, game consoles, personal computers, shoe making techniques, country music, a pacemaker for the heart, the first successful open heart surgery, and several other things. The link to the video is here.

That video brought up things that I didn't know that made me want to know more about certain things. Maybe if we learned more about the inventions of Black Americans and not just Rosa Parks or slavery, then we wouldn't need the title Black history month; because that's all Black History month is; a title to a month.

Black history month isn't a month ONLY for Black Americans it's for EVERYONE. I like to think of Black History month as American History month because of the contribution from my ancestors that changed America.

Black history month isn't about Black people, it's not supposed to praise all the black people around you. Black history month was made to shine a little light on what Black Americans did to help change America for what we know it as today.

Black history month is a reminder for people that you can overcome the pain and the sadness and be beautiful. It reminds people that hope can take you a long way.

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Patience Is More Important Than A 4-Year Degree

One means nothing without the other.


Senior year makes you reflect on what you've accomplished in your college career. The classes, professors, peers, clubs and organizations, great choices, terrible choices, and everything in between all accumulates into one unique experience for each individual. If there's one thing that I've learned while putting my life into perspective this year, it's that college is mostly bullshit.

Yes, classes can be cool and informative. Yes, you can learn a lot from your professors. But how much of what you learn in the classroom directly relates to what you'll be doing for a living? Unless you're going to med school, probably not much. Do any internship, talk to any person in a company that you want to work for, and they'll all tell you the same thing – what you went through to earn your 4-year certificate to work is only 5% of what you need to do the job.

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College students are under so much pressure in the 18-25 age range to have our lives completely figured out. If we don't, then the older generation and even our peers like to frame us as failures. In reality, less than one percent of us know what we want to do for the rest of our lives and we try painting a picture on social media and construct great narratives in person to make it seem as if we know what we're doing. Why can't we emphasize patience as it is a powerful virtue?

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Our greatest weakness in this generation is our lack of patience and perspective. It becomes a dangerous thing when we have a loaded resume, have ample skills, a great personality, awesome work ethic, but still think we are failures because we don't have a job or aren't entirely sure of where we're going with our lives. If you're that college student (and trust me, I was for a long time), finding your patient side and gaining that perspective on life will help you go a lot further than sweating the small stuff.

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