“Black History Month began as “Negro History Week,” which was created in 1926 by Carter G. Woodson, a noted African American historian, scholar, educator, and publisher. It became a month-long celebration in 1976. The month of February was chosen to coincide with the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln”
‘Why is it that Black History Month Celebration happens on the shortest month of the year? There is the answer, in short.
I think that we should not focus on the length of the month, be it short or long, but rather see it as an opportunity to share. Yes, there exist this amazing platform, to learn more and to share more of what we learn. No doubt we should be doing that every day or at every given chance we get, but let’s be realistic, in the midst of our chaotic and busy lives, that is not going to happen at ALL times…
So when February comes around and we have a whole vast of events, activities, entertainment etc. ,that is Black History focused, take the opportunity to get out and get that extra information, that either you had no time to get for yourself, or wasn’t even aware of and in turn share that information so others can learn as well and be empowered. Believe it or not, when February comes around, people are in that BHM state of mind and with social media we can share so much more.
BHM 2017, was the same for me as every other year. I enjoyed a few events, met a few amazing people and expanded my knowledge a bit more. This year, I learned about the Black Wall Street. That imagery and story will stay with me for quite a while. This was shared via social media and I am so blessed to have been a part of that circle.
So now that the “public” celebration of BHM 2017 is wrapped up for another year, share with us what is the one thing you have learnt this year that you didn’t know before or something that has changed you in one way or another. This story has impacted me and I am sharing it in the hope of knowledge gain is knowledge shared. Remember always Black History is World History.