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America has Black History Month because we have to value achievements of black people throughout history and many times, the classes that we learn about history don’t always show all of the achievements that black people have made throughout history. Oftentimes achievements of black people have been covered up by white people the achievements for themselves.

Student View: Why do we have Black History Month?

The history of Black History Month

Originally recognized as Negro History Week in 1926, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History sponsored the first national celebration for black Americans and people of African descent. Over time, the week gained momentum and began to be recognized as Black History Month on many college campuses. in 1976, President Gerald R. Ford officially recognized Black History Month. Since then, every American president has endorsed and supported the month.

 

Why do we have Black History Month?

Cam Thompson, sophomore

As far as I know, Black History Month was created by high up government officials. Most of them, when it was created, were white, so I think it was a white tribute to pay homage to what black Americans went through. I think it was kind of a guilt trip, to be honest. It’s like they finally realized that segregation is bad so they decided to throw in a black history month.

Anna Inslee, junior

America has Black History Month because we have to value achievements of black people throughout history and many times, the classes that we learn about history don’t always show all of the achievements that black people have made throughout history. Oftentimes achievements of black people have been covered up by white people the achievements for themselves.

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Michael McAree February 10, 2019 at 4:19 pm

“As far as I know” is pretty bad research. It takes about three seconds to learn that |Black History Month” was a proposal made by black educators and accepted by any reasonable people nationwide. Focusing on a special topic is not to say that the other topics mean less; generally it points out how much more focus the other topics generally get. Like if the Action Movie Channel (made up) had a “Asian action films” week, it would be great for Asian action film buffs. It would also point out how much the other 51 weeks, the channel mostly replayed the Die Hard franchise (again this is a made up network; all complaints regarding their programming should go to your imaginary friends, wherever and whatever they may be).

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