I was asked why we celebrate Black History (another random gym conversation lol) There are actually a few reasons. Let me first contend that Black History should not be relegated to the month of February. Everyday we encounter, experience, and even benefit from the contributions Black people have contributed to our nation. Secondly, Black history IS United States History. So, let’s consider:
1- Black History is celebrated NOW because it wasn’t taught THEN. I grew up in the 80s, and with the exception of Dr. King, Rosa Parks, and a few celebrity athletes, there was not any information presented to discuss OUR contributions. In fact, in our era Black History consisted of the transatlantic slave trade and the Civil Rights Movement.
2- Black History is taught to teach OUR children, the Heritage. If left out to the educational system, we are left only to believe that we are capable of becoming athletes and entertainers. Furthermore, it is not the responsibility of the educational system to teach our kids what we should be teaching them in the first place. Although it should be applauded that many school districts across the nation are stepping their games up the respectfully , it still lies on us to pass traditions, contributions, etc. from generation to generation. ￼
3- Teaching and celebrating Black History does not equate to teaching Black supremacy. It’s a shame that so many have become threatened by celebrating various cultures (not just Black) that are woven into the fabric of this nation.
4- I believe EVERY culture should be recognized and celebrated, as we have ALL made significant contributions. To my knowledge there are months to celebrate many heritages and cultures:
African American/Black History Month (February)
Women's History Month (March)
Arab American Month (April)
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Pride Month (April/June)
Asian Pacific Heritage Month (May)
Jewish American Heritage Month (May)
Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 - October 15)
National Disability Employment Awareness Month (October)
Native American/American Indian Heritage Month (November)
And these were just the ones that I was able to quickly research. They’re all celebrated.
5- Being made aware of these varied cultural heritages only helps us appreciate what we have even more.
That’s all for now as this post is long enough. At the end of the day, diversity is what has built this nation, there is NO denying it 😎. Whatever your heritage is, whatever your cultural background… Be BOLD and celebrate it. I will always believe that Black is beautiful, but I also believe that Brown is beautiful, White is beautiful … WE ARE ALL BEAUTIFUL!
I love you all !!!
“Share our similarities, celebrate our differences.” – M. Scott Peck