Reflecting on Black History Month and its Importance


Samantha Nunez, Social Media Coordinator and Entertainment Editor

February is coming to an end, dedicating the month to celebrate Black History Month and its culture, leaders/historians, contributions, achievements, and life.


Celebrating Black History Month and any other heritage/history month allows people to learn more about different cultures and contributions to American society. 


Black History Month was first celebrated as “Negro History Week” in February 1926 by Carter G. Woodson wanted to encourage people of all ethnic and social backgrounds to discuss the Black experience. It was chosen to be celebrated in February because Abraham Lincoln and Fredrick Dougless had their birthdates in this month plus were major roles in ending slavery. Although this was celebrated, Black History Month wasn’t officially observed in the country by 1986 when Congress passed a law. 


Celebrating Black History Month helps us celebrate diversity within the culture, unites people to learn more and understand better, makes us know beyond what’s in the history book that isn’t taught, and learn the importance of Black stories.  


Teaching about Black History Month, especially to children, is crucial because it allows them to grow up respecting African Americans and other cultures in our diverse country.


My favorite part about celebrating Black History Month is learning about underappreciated Black people who have contributed and worked hard to help our society and historical moments that praise Black culture.


Although Black History Month and every other heritage month get celebrated for only one month, there are still ways to honor this month, and next year’s month comes along like:

  • Support Black-Owned business
  • Donate to Charities that support anti racism equity and equality 
  • Read books buy Black authors 
  • Listen to Black artists
  • Watch Black history documentaries to learn more  
  • Learn about African American figures and their contributions