Black History Month is every month on this side. However, the actual month is important to acknowledge and celebrate. Prior to BHM, the precursor to it was created in 1926 when historian Carter G.Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History announced the second week of February to be “Negro History Week”. Woodson believed that at least one week would allow for the general movement to become something annually celebrated. In February 1969, Black History Month was first proposed by Black educators and the Black United students at Kent State University. The first celebration took place at Kent state one year later, from January 2 to February 28, 1970. 41 years later, we are still at it, and we are still Black and proud. We are the trendsetters, game changers, creatives, and inventors that continue to push our community forward. Black History Month is more than just a month to us. It is 365 days a year. I wanted to ask Eyeconic team member, Tanae Jordan, and myself “What does Black History Month mean to you?” Here were our responses:
Black History Month for me provides motivation to become the greatest version of myself despite the obstacles that may come my way. Our history depicts the definition of the word perseverance. Despite all of the ways people in this country have attempted to stop us from being great, and we must continue to do so. To rise above the limitations that have been projected on us because our skin radiates too much magic for others to handle. Black History Month means standing in unity and acknowledging our past and celebrating our future as we push past the barriers together. And urging each other to celebrate these things everyday, even when our delegated month has come to an end.
Black History Month is about celebrating the past, present, and future. The significant and cultural moments define what it means to be a Black person in this world. It lets me know how rich and valuable we are. Our stories are going to be told for generations and our impact in this world will never go unnoticed.