Written and published by Ayesha Nadeem
Black History Month is an annual observance in the U.S that celebrates and recognizes the contributions and achievements of African Americans throughout history. It takes place every February, and the idea behind it is to raise awareness about the struggles African Americans had for freedom and equality. It also is a great opportunity to learn about important figures and events in African American history.
Black people have made significant contributions to the world in a variety of ways. Whether it was the Civil Rights Movement, or the Apartheid Movement in South Africa, black people have been at the forefront of many social justice movements throughout history. The Black Panthers, for example, fought for racial equality and against police brutality in the U.S during the 1960’s and 1970’s. In the realm of music, black artists have had a significant impact on popular music, from jazz and blues to hip-hop. Figures like Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Nina Simone, and Beyonce have helped shape the sound of modern music. Black people have also made groundbreaking contributions in science and technology. For example, Mae Jemison was the first black woman to join NASA. Katherine Johnson, was a mathematician whose work helped put people on the moon. Overall, the contributions of black people have shaped the world in countless ways.
Recognizing the contributions of African Americans in history is crucial for several reasons. Firstly, it's a matter of justice and equity. Throughout history, African Americans have made significant contributions to human civilization, however their achievements are often overlooked, or not accredited. By acknowledging and celebrating their accomplishments, we can correct the historical injustices they’ve faced, and promote a more inclusive and accurate representation of the past. Lastly, recognizing African American history can inspire and empower future generations, giving them role models, and a sense of pride in their heritage.