What is Black History Month? According to history recording it was created by:
Carter G. Woodson
The precursor to Black History Month was created in 1926 in the United States, when historian Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History announced the second week of February to be “Negro History Week.”
A staunch Republican, Woodson choose that week in that month to honor the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln.
Woodson created Negro History Week because black Americans and their accomplishments were largely left out of the educational curricula of that time. Where blacks were mentioned, it was usually very demeaning imagery or discriminatory ideas.
As I read the description in the intention of Black History Month I believe there is a mis-communication in the Black Community. I seem to be getting invited to all these party’s head labeled ‘Black History Month”, but the description of the event has no information regarding the History of the Negro, The information I see jumping off the flyer, invite or words from the event promoter itself are half naked ladies, liquor, cigars, cigarettes and language that most people don’t understand or would say out loud.
African Americans consistently talk about the way they are portrayed in the media. I truly believe there are still issues regarding race and all areas from the corporate board room to the person serving food in your local cafeteria, but we have to make a serious decision. Should we allow Black History Month to be portrayed as everything Carter was against or do we change direction and start sending out flyers and invites to events that will uplift the community and start a new chapter in Black History. It’s up to you!!!!