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why do we need a black history month

February is Black History Month. It is a time to celebrate the accomplishments and heritage of black people in our nation. Its founder, historian Dr. Carter Godwin Woodson, along with his associate, Jesse E. Moorland, created the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (now the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, or ASALH) in 1915 to promote black history and recognize achievements of African Americans. In 1926, ASALH launched a БNegro History WeekБ to help advance its mission and to create and coordinate school curricula on the topic. Dr. Woodson had long argued that education was an essential ingredient in understanding and appreciating contributions of black Americans.

He said, БIf a race has no history, it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world, and stands in danger of being exterminated. Б Dr. Woodson chose the second week of February to commemorate black history because the birthdays of both President Abraham Lincoln and abolitionist Frederic Douglass are contained within that week. As the celebrations and studies spread, so did the push to expand the week into an entire month, which President Gerald Ford did by decree, in 1976. As President Ford noted: БIn celebrating Black History Month we can seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.

Why do we still need Black History Month in 2018? The NowThis staff can give a few reasons. Tia stated, БBecause people keep asking me if they can say the n-word in songs. No. You canБt. Б БBecause people still donБt have their sh*t together. Б Kya stated. БThere is no reason why we should just learn about HIS-STORY, and HIS-STORY is white. БBecause people are still trying to touch my f*cking hair. Б Bianca stated, Б[And] because some people think Frederick Douglas is alive 200 years after his birth. Б Shane stated, БBecause an all-Black cast is still racist, but no one ever complains about too many Sheldons and ChandlersБ Nidhi stated, БBecause Black activism throughout history has helped pave the way for other minorities to have equal opportunities here in the United States.

Б БSo, I recently learned that Jack Daniels was made by Black people. It was a slave recipe. Б Andy stated. БNow it kind of shocked me. If it was Hennessy, I wouldБve understood. But the point is, it shows that Black history and Black accomplishments [have] always been minimalized or erased for one reason of another. Branden stated, БWhy do we still need Black History Month in 2018? Because people love to wear Black culture without understanding anything about it. Б

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