Celebrating Freedom in a Month

Photographer Rolando Piloto

Kasandra Soutullo

On January 2, 1970 in Kent State the first day of Black History Month was celebrated. Black History Month was celebrated till February 28th. But it all started with  Negro History Week.

It all started in 1915, half a century after slavery was abolished by the thirteenth amendment. September of 1915, Carter G. Woodson and Jesse E. Moorland founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH). It was an organization dedicated to researching and promoting achievements by peoples of African descent. “The group sponsored a national Negro History week in 1926, choosing the second week of February to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. The event inspired schools and communities nationwide to organize local celebrations, establish history clubs and host performances and lectures.” ( History.com) Soon many mayors across the country started recognizing “Negro History Week”, which then evolved to “Black History Month.”

In 1976 president Gerald Ford recognized “Black History Month” and told the public to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.” Since then, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. But not only the U.S recognizes this precious month but also other countries including Canada and United Kingdom.

John Mercer Langston, Thurgood Marshall, Hiram Rhodes Revels, and Shirley Chisholm are just some very important names. For example, Mr. Langston was the first African American man to become a lawyer when he passed the bar in 1854 to then in 1855 become one of the first African Americans ever to be elected to public office in American, or when Mr. Marshall Was the first African American ever appointed to the U.S Supreme Court, and when Mr.Revels was the first African American ever elected to the U.S Senate, also when Ms. Chisholm became the first African American woman elected to the House of Representatives.

Black history month and week were created to celebrate all African Americans achievements.

In conclusion, the month of February is meant to celebrate achievements, remember the tough time but celebrate the good ones, to remember our ancestors and everything they went through just so we can sit and drink coffee together, be in the same school, and get treated equally. We have come a long way, but there is still somethings we need to change. Black History Month was made celebrate the blood that is running in our veins.

The way Miami Springs will celebrate black history month will be a series of of events throughout the month. Those events will be: A HBCU college fair on the 14th of February, a Black History event in the gym on the 21st of February, a black history luncheon on the 28th, trivia’s in the announcements once a week, the first two students to get the answer right will get a prize, every Wednesday the announcements will speak about a well-known African American, and lastly every club will say a fun fact on the PA in the after noon.

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