February is Black History Month in the United States. This is a month in which we, as a country, commemorate the accomplishments of Africa, America’s. A month in which we appreciate the contribution of African American men and women to this country.
This is the month schooling tool-age children are made to hear Dr. I Havea Dream’s speech. King may be given a sheet of his drawing to color and hang on the classroom wall.
Question: Why do we recognize this achievement, this contribution is only one month of the year? And why is it called “Black” history? When the historic contributions of Europeans are worth discussing, we do not refer to them as “white” history.
The amount of melanin, or lack thereof, in a person should have nothing to do with when or whether their accomplishments should be celebrated.
Black History Month
The question to be asked is why certain discoveries, accomplishments, and/or accomplishments are treated differently based solely on one’s ancestral history. Dr. Contribution Martin Luther King Jr., Harriet Tubman, Dr. Charles Drew, George Washington Carver, and many others have helped shape the most important part of this country and benefit the lives of all Americans, not just Africans. origin.
Dr.Charles Drew in the storage and processing of blood for transfusion is not restricted to people identified as Black. Improvements in the treatment of cataracts are also not spearheaded by Dr. Patricia Bath or open-heart surgery pioneered by Dr. Daniel Williams. To continue to downgrade this celebration and many other inventions to a specific month of the year seems disparaging and disrespectful.
As previously mentioned, the “I Have A Dream” speech from Dr. King seems to be the first choice when it comes to teaching all things Black history. But, have we as a nation ever stopped to listen to the words of his iconic speech? Dr. King said,
“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise and live the true meaning of its belief: … that all human beings are created equal.” If we are to achieve this goal, we must break away from the notion that black American history is in some ways less than white American history and therefore only deserves to be celebrated for 28 days. We must get past these divisive and discriminatory practices and embrace our common history. (newstoday)