Black history month is a month where black people, culture and history are celebrated. What first began as Negro history week, was expanded to a whole month by President Gerald Ford in 1976.
Some question why the history of black people is celebrated for only a month and seemed to be ignored for the rest of the year?
In a world where the media can be saturated with negative images of black people, it’s fundamental to have a month where these ideals are shattered and influential black people are praised for their profound contributions to society!
To name a few: Malcolm X, Harriet Tubman and more recently Stormzy, Meghan Markle and let’s not forget about Oprah Winfrey.
It’s beneficial to have black history month so black children can have something good to look up to instead of constantly internalising the negative stereotypes and labels that are hung over their heads.
Happy black History!