by Clea Thomas and Golda Fulmer
Black History Month is a month long recognition of very important events and people that have made incredible history for the African population. Starting out as Negro History week in 1926 by Carter G. Woodson, the second week of February, it flourished into the wonderful month-long celebration we have today. Many amazing people, from significant leaders in society to average civilians in the community, have helped to build up black history amazingly, from Malcolm X to Martin Luther King Jr. to Rosa Parks, and people extending into present-day society. History never takes a day off, and February is the month to pay respect to all the people who have taken a stand to make history–they gave their lives for what they believed was right and just. Today we honor those heroes for liberating the present while they lived in bondage.
February, or Black History Month, is a living, breathing testimony of the African-American population and how they rose so bravely from the ashes. Their history defines their continual achievements, as Carter G. Woodson said,”If a race has no history, it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world, and it stands in danger of being exterminated. The American Indian left no continuous record. He did not appreciate the value of tradition; and where is he today? The Hebrew keenly appreciated the value of tradition, as is attested by the Bible itself. In spite of worldwide persecution, therefore, he is a great factor in our civilization.” It is an inerasable document, a trophy of many achievements, and a guide of what is to come.
This is what Black History Month means to a few Tustin High Tillers…
“It demonstrates how far my people have come and how courageous people were. I feel like my successes in life are somewhat due to them.”
- Anyah Smith, Freshman
“It means celebrating African American leaders who had an impact on our country today like Malcolm X or Martin Luther King, or even Rosa Parks. It also means being equal citizens to everyone because #BlackLivesMatter.”
- Sagel Simon, Sophomore
“Black History month shows how people need to be recognized and how the colored people need credit for what they’ve done to make this world a better place and a welcoming place. #BlackLivesMatter”
- Liah Young, Sophomore
“It shows inspiration that the minority does not have to be subjected to stereotypical aspects of human nature.”
-Elijah Edwards, Junior
“Black History to me means… everything.”
- Mariah Williams, Freshman Class president.
Let February be a month to celebrate, and to rejoice in the evolution of solving racial intolerance.