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Black History Month, not week

February 9, 2018

Black History Month would not exist if it wasn’t for Carter G. Woodson, “the Father of Black History”. Carter G. Woodson was an American historian, author, journalist and the founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. The purpose of Black History Month was to encourage the teaching of Black America’s history in public schools nationwide. This month-long holiday was started as just a week-long celebration, Negro History Week. It took over 50 years for this celebration to be nationally recognized for an entire month.

This is not the time to just stay awake but to stay aware. Black Dollars Matter! It’s not just about our lives but about where are we putting our money, where are we putting our time, where we are we putting our hearts. Let’s not forget the history of the civil rights movement, but realize that we are living it. Growing up on the Southside of Chicago, by the Carter G Woodson Regional Library, allows me to see through his eyes and to reflect on what has happened in history. It’s what I inspire to be as president of my Black Student Union (Umoja), as a multi-media journalist, as an author, and what I’m able to do right now for the community around me. Civil rights issues won’t come to an end unless we keep fighting like every day is the first day of Black History Month.

Denzel Washington
Contributing Writer

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