Blazers share their experiences from Black History Month
This past February was no ordinary February. Not because of the ever-changing weather or the "Damn Daniel!" video phenomenon. It wasn't even because of Trump's growing number of autocratic tendencies. It wasn't an ordinary February because this year, Black History Month was about more than just commemorating and celebrating. It was about learning, bonding and furthering the awareness and understanding of the anti-racist movement "Black Lives Matter."
Social media platforms like Twitter have become popular among those recognizing Black History Month. Twitter allows the millions of its users to easily and quickly view tweets under one hashtag or category. "A lot of what I did was on Twitter, and I tried to retweet something positive about black people and heritage every day," sophomore Alix Swann states proudly. For her, Black History Month is a great time to learn new things about black history. "I also read about a lesser known black person most days so I can continue to educate myself and be able to spread knowledge wherever I go," she continues.
Swann believes that it's important to educate oneself because of a lack of attention to black history in school curriculums. "It's really worthwhile to invest time in, especially since we don't learn much about black history, even though it's a huge part of American history," she says. Sophomore Karen Depenyou agrees that Black History Month is a time for educating. "I have three younger siblings and I use Black History Month as an opportunity to teach them about our history in this country," she explains. Others also appreciate the sense of comfort Black History Month brings. "I think it helps us feel more welcomed in society and helps our accomplishments and contributions be more widely known," sophomore Darien Price explains.
Black History Month is an ideal time to learn not only about black history, but also about current obstacles for black people. "It's impacted me by making me realize the injustice that black people still face today and how our society is set up in a way that makes it difficult for people of color to succeed," freshman Nina Boggan says. She attended charity events for people of color in need. "I went to one that basically helped elderly and sick people of color, and we collected food, donated clothes and wrote letters to them," Boggan explains.
Although many black people proudly participate in Black History Month, there is a common criticism that people shouldn't be recognizing black heritage and history only once a year. "The only thing is that I wish is that it wasn't just a month. We should constantly remember the importance of African-Americans on our society," Price says. Black History Month is important, but ultimately, it can serve as a reminder that some things still need to change. "I do recognize it and wish that there wasn't just one month where we celebrated one culture, but just in general, a culture of people who were more culturally aware," Majette says.
Despite all this, Black History Month was a success for many. "I feel that this year has been better than past years. I feel that each year we are doing a bit more to celebrate," junior Asha Richards says. In addition to the celebrating, February fosters a sense of joy and pride amongst those who are recognizing and representing. "Black History Month always makes me feel proud to be black. There's an air of pride wherever there are a lot of black people together during February, and it's great to feel," Swann says.
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