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It’s March and Black History Month is officially over. During the month of February, America got to reflect on the history of Black Americans who have contributed to make this country better. Over the last few years, Black History Month has slowly become less relevant as our society becomes more diverse. When Carter G. Woodson chose the second week in February as “Negro History Week” the country was Black and White with a little bit of brown, yellow and red mixed in. The idea was to get everyone to notice the historical accomplishments that Blacks made in the United States.

History would ignore the contributions that Blacks gave to society because of racism. Whites at that time benefited from the ideas or inventions that Blacks achieved but they were not going to give Blacks their proper due so Woodson decided that he would lead the fight to get people of color their due. Negro History Week would be used to give a “shout out” to historic figures like Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth and Harriet Tubman and who helped slaves escape to freedom and intelligent men and women like Elijah McCoy, Madam C.J. Walker, Booker T. Washington and George Washington Carver. As the years went by, more and more Black Americans were now being celebrated during this single week and it was not enough. More time was needed to truly appreciate all the work these people of color had put in, so Negro History Week became Black History Month fifty years after the first Negro History Week and now America had 28 days to display all that Blacks have contributed.

It’s fair to say that times have changed compared to 1926 and one may ask if Black History Month still have meaning in 21st century America. America is not perfect but it’s not the same as it was at the beginning of the 20th century. People from all over the world now reside in the United States and they’re not going to separate Black history from White history. To them, it’s just American history. Today we have Black men and women continuing the efforts made by those who paved the way to improve the lives of all Americans. No longer will Black Americans will have their names omitted from the history books.

History will record that Dr. Ben Carson was the first to separate conjoined twins at the head and they lived.

History will record that Condoleezza Rice was the first Black woman appointed Secretary of State.

History will record that Barack Obama was the first Black man to be the 44th President.

History will record that Tony Dungy was the first Black coach to win the Super Bowl.

History will record that Michael Jackson, a Black man holds the record for most records sold. (Thriller)

Black history is a part of American history and as long as we exist, we will continue to add to the history books. Black History Month will continue because it remains as a connection to the past but society’s leaders will have to make a better effort to define the meaning of Black History Month because February is slowly becoming just another month.

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~ by R8RBOB on March 1, 2010.

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