February is Black History Month


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Black History Month 2022

Since 1976, February was designated as Black History Month.

What started as history week in the 60’s turned into a month-long celebration, celebrating African American roles and contributions in U.S. history.

February was designated Black History Month because of Fredrick Douglass’ birthday on February 14, which started history week in the late 19th century.

There is no American history without African American history. This month honors the sacrifices and the rich culture that make up African American history.

Junior Maria Brown enjoys Black History Month every year.

“Black history is significant to me because it’s something my family and friends look forward to every year. It’s something that I can talk about passionately to any age group of African Americans and we can all feel a certain sense of joy that is unlike any feeling of gratification we get from our everyday lives.” said Brown.

Many African Americans have experienced limited access to healthcare, healthcare service disparities, or low quality received.

“The healthcare system and government as a whole has disproportionately affected the African American community in negative ways that we are just now having to correct after around seventy years and even before.” Brown said. “Why do we need the Crown Act in the 21st century? Why was there racial bias when it came to pain assessments in the medical field in the 80’s?”

This year’s theme for Black History Month is Black Health and Wellness, acknowledging Black scholars, medical practitioners, and Western medicine. This highlights the providers and advancements in health care that come from African Americans.

The purpose of Black History Month is not only to make Americans aware of African American struggles, but to recognize their contributions and accomplishments.

“I want the best for me and the people that look like me, as well as have the same background as me. We, as African Americans, have been pushed to the back for far too long, and it is necessary that we get the recognition we deserve.” Brown said. “Not just focusing on our struggles, but our contributions to society. We have so much to show and be proud of.”