The Importance of Black History Month

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Black History Month: a time where Snow College Students can reflect on the inspiring men and women who have left their mark in human society.

Black History Month is a celebration of observance of events and influential individuals who have impacted Black History. Black History Month started with the celebration of “Negro History Week,” which was organized by historian, Carter G. Woodson back in 1926. Woodson’s goal of creating “Negro History Week,” was to show the importance of the roles African Americans play in society.

Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr, and the Obamas are some of the black

Rosie Connor, Snow College Director of Advancement and Government Relations. Photo courtesy of Rosie Connor.

Rosie Connor, Snow College Director of Advancement and Government Relations. Photo courtesy of Rosie Connor.

individuals who have influenced society. Snow College student, Tyler Newton, said, “Martin Luther King is influential and inspiring because even though he faced so much opposition; he diligently and peacefully fought to see his dream of equality be turned into a reality.”

Snow College’s Director of Advancement and Government Relation Foundation, Rosie Connor, explained, “[Black History Month] is a time that the country can take to recognize the contributions of Black Americans to the economy and the infrastructure of the nation. The history of slavery and discrimination of the country made it possible for those to be recognized and receive credit. Black History is giving the recognition of the contributions to those people who may have otherwise been forgotten.”

The United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom all dedicate February as a month to observe Black History. Connor said in referencing her personal viewpoint, “Black History Month is not just done in February. It is becoming aware of Black/African Americans and recognizing and learning more about them.”

Black History Month can have a few misconceptions. Connor expressed, “People take Black History as a cultural celebration, rather than seeing the real contributions Black Americans made to what we have today for the United States like technology and medicine contributions. We often think of Sports and Music contributions, when it’s much more than that.”

So how can Snow College students stop this misconception and start celebrating Black History Month in a more meaningful way? Connor suggests that Snow College students should find people who have made contributions and may not have been celebrated. She suggests reading about Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, and Langston Hughes. Connor said, “If one student could research one person of color that they didn’t know about, then that would celebrate the spirit of black history.”

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