Black History is World History
As the month of February comes to a close, it must not slam the door on the appreciation of Black History. For throughout the year, we must always reflect on the contributions and impact that African Americans continue to have on the United States and ultimately to the world. Each year, we all should strive to expand and refresh our knowledge of Black history and the storied impact of Black culture. From Jesse Owens to Jackie Robinson; Rosa Parks, Malcolm X; Martin Luther King, Michael Jackson and yes, President Barack Obama, each has shaped this country and the world in their own personal and public way. Consequently, Black American History is truly American History. Since America leads the free world and Blacks helped to build this country, then Black history is also World History. It's a proud and beautiful legacy. It's also about time that we give it the credit it deserves.
Today instead of highlighting the accomplishments of just one individual, let us consider Black History itself, its progress. Throughout our history, African-Americans have made many contributions, and some very significant ones at that. Yet, somehow I feel that that there was more productivity, in terms of contributions made, when the liberties we now take for granted were the goal. Somehow we have become distracted with all the addictive technologies that we slave to acquire. We have so much untapped talent that needs to be exposed. Yet with the tremendous potential we harbor we procrastinate instead of being proactive. Many want to be millionaires as a life dream but when that becomes a reality, it’s like now what? Well, become a billionaire of course. It seems as though our life long dream was to have an African-American president. That dream has become a reality and is already a part of our history. I ask you, now what?
Imagine having one of the world's most famous scientists ask you to attend one of the most prestigious universities in the country. Wait, there's more. You're 15 years old, he's Carl Sagan, a world-renown astronomer, and the school is Cornell University. Well, that is exactly what happened to Neil deGrasse Tyson, the director of the Hayden Planetarium.
2013 marks the 88th year that this great country has annually acknowledged in the month of February the achievements of its African American population. Blacks and Black History Month have come along way in that short span of time. What started out as “Negro History Week” back in 1926, fifty years later became what we now know as “Black History Month”. In my research I was unable to uncover the reason for the extension but one can only speculate that it became obvious that our multitudinous contributions could not be covered in just one week. And, now we are able to add to that long list of inventions, records broken, etcetera; the boastful fact of an African-American President of these United States.
Taking time to honor historical African-American figures throughout history is not only a privilege but a necessity as we should all understand the current things we as people experience would not have been possible without individuals in our past who contributed in the building of life as we know it now. One individual in particular is Frederick Douglass.