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Black History Month

Black History Month

Black History Month

By Ashley Steele, 11


    Why do we celebrate Black History Month? People in the United States take this month to honor African Americans who have changed our society for the better, such as Martin Luther King Jr. Families, schools, and communities have different activities to inform others about how the African Americans wouldn’t have the rights that they do today if they didn’t take a stand against our government.
    Some people wonder how Black History Month even got started. Black History Month wasn’t always “Black History Month.” It started out as “Negro History Week.” Carter G. Woodson created the holiday in 1926 in hopes that it would help the African Americans get recognized for their achievements. “Negro History Week” turned to “Black History Month” in 1976 when the government recognized it as a way to spread African American accomplishment throughout the country.

Schools celebrate Black History Month in many different methods. Some read books, watch movies, or go on field trips. Amazing Grace the Story of the Hymn by Linda Grandfield is a book that Mrs. Eikel, Music Teacher at Community R-VI, uses to explain the history of African Americans and how they came here as slaves. Mrs. Eikel also shows her classes a virtual field trip of the underground railroad. She likes to include a lot of black history in her class because according to her “Black History Month is important because so many wonderful songs were written by slaves in some of the toughest conditions ever endured. These songs were tools that allowed slaves to escape to freedom. During this time we learn not only the songs, but about the Underground Railroad and what the hidden meanings were. We also talk about how music can help us get through tough times too.”
    What you can do to help celebrate black history month is sit down with your family and talk about how African Americans have influenced your lives. Discuss famous people such as Malcolm X, Rosa Parks, and Booker T. Washington and what they accomplished in their lives.

    


Carter G. Woodson

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