Black History Month started some days ago, and we have had a few reminders on our history, our heroes past, and our many victories since the fight for black equality and all other issues started. Basically, Black History Month, is a celebration of the myriad of achievements by black Americans and reputable Blacks. Initially known as “Negro History Week”, it was curated by Harvard-trained historian, Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, where they announced the second week of February to be the “Negro History Week. However, it changed from week to month when the leaders of the Black United Students at Kent State University in February 1969, propelled for it to be changed.
Since then, even while the month has sparked a level of criticism for being dedicated to one race, it is wonderful having an opportunity to force the consciousness of our history at a specific period. For this reason, over the course of what’s left of this month, we would be using our page on discovering Africa to talk about some of the historical happenings that shaped our today, the people that were actively involved in giving us the freedom we enjoy, and all the other possible ways we can learn more about our history. Since the celebration of Black History Month started from the US, we would be sticking to February as the official month, as oppose the United Kingdom that adopted October for it. While it may seem that Africa does not directly have much of a stance with black history month, we cannot deceive ourselves by neglecting the impact it has had on us as well.
From the end of the menace of slavery that shipped our forefathers to the farms of white westerners, to the end of the syndrome that placed us at the back of busses or made us third class humans, and all the hell we would have otherwise still been going through if ever we left our indigenous countries to cohabit or ‘relax’ with the whites. All the economic freedom we enjoy today, and the wit we have garnered to compete for domination on a global scale, stem from the successes we had and the fights that were won on racial equality. For these and more, the celebration of black history month is as important to Africans, as it is to African Americans themselves. Even while there are still challenges and more battles that need to be won, we can still raise our glasses and be thankful for past victories.