Parlé With Us - Black History Month
- Written by G. Anthony Knowles
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.
- Written by Duan Sanderson
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?
- Written by Tonya Gary
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.
- Written by Whitney Mays
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People was established on February 12, 1909. The organization's mission is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination.
- Written by Mike Free
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.