February is Black History Month. This month-long celebration in Canada and the US are an opportunity to learn about Black accomplishments. This year, it follows a particularly tumultuous time where racial injustice calls for increased attention, giving organizations and the public a new opportunity to reassess where systematic racism still persists and offer greater visibility to those making change.
February is a time of celebration as people all over the world to mark this historical event through various events, gatherings, and activities. It is also a time to reflect on what actions we can take to ensure lasting change and to ensure that future generations to experience a sense of pride and accomplishment regarding their past.
How you can support Black History Month?
Learn about the impact of slavery and how the civil and women’s rights movements changed the face of race and color consciousness in America. Throughout the history of slavery, Americans were subjected to horrific and violent treatment. The endurance of these efforts to maintain and reinforce the institution of slavery throughout the decades and centuries reveal the importance of learning more about the history of this tumultuous time. You can learn more about this important event by visiting online sites about the Civil War, the slave trade, and the impact of the civil war on American society today.
January is National Slavery Month, which calls attention to the long history of racial inequality in America. The museum of natural history in Washington, D.C., marks the beginning of the slave season with a special exhibit highlighting the impact of slavery on the ecosystem.
This museum is another great place to learn about the impact of slavery on our environment today. Other museums and programs focusing on the impact of racism in America include the Smithsonian’s African American Museum, the Afro-American Museum at the University of Florida, and the Jazz History Museum at New York City’s John Jay College of Music.
A celebration honoring the work of slaves who made America a stronger and better nation is an important part of African-American history month. In Philadelphia, the Roots Festival runs February 14-17. In Washington D.C., the annual celebration known as MLK day hosts many prominent civil rights leaders including civil rights groups Black Women For Mandela and Gandhi’s heirs.
In Los Angeles, the Folsom Street Fair celebrates this historic day with free performances by jazz artists and street musicians. While many celebrate this day with parades, marches, speeches, and celebrations, others pay tribute to the work of African-Americans who made this country a stronger and better place.
Why is Black History Month important to celebrate?
A closer examination of why it is important to celebrate this historical month sheds light on the fact that racism continues to play an important role in society today. The work of civil rights leaders like Martin Luther King Jr., Betty Shabazz, and the countless other organizers and activists are an example of the power of white supremacy and the impact that it has had on race relations. But why is it important to continue the work of civil rights leaders who were targeted for their beliefs? Why is it important to observe all people of color in this country who have been subject to violence?
We continue to learn about the impact of slavery and racism on America and we celebrate those who have made contributions to the black community. We also recognize the fact that during this day, hundreds of churches worldwide observe a “slavery walk” to remember the slaves who made America a stronger nation and society. Most importantly, we learn that racial injustice will not be tolerated and that we have a moral responsibility to ensure that every citizen – men, women, and children – live in a society that is free from racial injustice. Hopefully, we can continue to move forward in making sure that all Americans have equal opportunities, and equal opportunity for education, and enjoy equal protection under the law.