January 28, 2014
Countdown to Black History Month!
It’s almost here. Black History Month! My blog discusses American history, focusing on the African American experience in the United States. This can entail history, culture, politics, current events or any issues that affect African Americans. And Black History month is one of the biggest events of the year!
I think that we should start preparing ahead for the great month. So, in this countdown to Black History Month, I will present a short discussion of the “basics”:
- Tuesday, January 28th: What is it?
- Wednesday, January 29th: Who started it?
- Thursday, January 30: Why is it important?
- Friday, January 31: When is it?
- Saturday, February 1st: Opening Day!
What is Black History Month?
Black History Month is a time for learning about the African American experience, which includes the history and other issues that are important to the African American community.
It is a time for learning about the contributions of African Americans, the struggles, the victories, the difficulties, and the successes of African Americans. As a child, Black History month was a time when we would change the focus from great American figures like Thomas Jefferson to “other” great Americans like Martin Luther King. But we wouldn’t stop there. We would learn about “lesser known” African American “greats” like Benjamin Banneker, Bass Reeves, and Mary McLeod Bethune.
Black History Month is a time for learning, but it is also a time for celebration. This is a month that we enjoy Black culture, food, music, dance, and art. It’s a great time to go to a jazz concert or attend a concert of African drummers, go to an Ethiopian restaurant, or watch X by Spike Lee (again). Spend the month reading Roots by Alex Haley or visit one of the African American history museums opening throughout the country. Have a barbecue or attend a lecture on African American literature. There are many, many ways to celebrate Black History Month while learning and enjoying Black culture. The list is endless. There is something for all ages, genders, and interests. Just spend the month focusing on things African American.
Is Black History Month just for African Americans? No way!
The month focuses on the African American experience but it is not only for African Americans. It is for all Americans—Caucasian, Asian, Latino, Middle Eastern and the list goes on. The stories include the full range of emotions and human experiences so everyone can find and connect to an aspect of African culture.
Black History month is a time to bask in the glory of being African American. Every African American man, woman, and child can deepen his or her knowledge, feeling, and understanding of this great culture. And everyone, absolutely everyone, can learn more about the African Americans who built the country and made important contributions to the country and the world.
And don’t forget to spend time learning, but also spend time dancing, eating, reading and remembering the ancestors.