We have come, somehow, to the end of February, and with it, the end of African-American History Month.
When he officially recognized Black History Month in 1976, President Gerald Ford declared the need to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”
The “father of black history”, author, journalist, and historian Carter G. Woodson, fought for a national recognition of black stories and perspectives. Woodson believed deeply that equality was only possible by way of acknowledgement and understanding of a race’s history. He dedicated his life to the study of African-American historical research.
I’ve tried to take some time this month to learn more about African-American achievers I’ve been inspired by. Far from a writer, I would likely do them injustice trying to sum up their lives and accomplishments. So I’ll leave it to the pros whose stories fascinated me, linked within.
We seem to have made great strides in terms of equality, evidenced by recalling the history of the treatment and segregation of African-Americans in our nation. But for this history, you wouldn’t think any progress has been made. There is much work still to be done.
Thank you for taking the time to enjoy these heroes with me.