Why celebrate Black History Month? This is a question that is often asked rhetorically and at times sincerely. As the month of February comes to a close, it is important to remind ourselves of this question as it brings about the long history of blacks in America and the contributions they have made to American society. Whether it be George Washington Carver developing 300 derivative products from peanuts or Daniel Hale Williams successfully performing the first open heart surgery, blacks undeniably are a part of the fabric that brings together American society.
So why should we celebrate Black History Month? Faculty and students weigh in on the question.
“Why should we not?” Dr. Anthony D. Greene, an assistant professor of African American Studies at the College said. “Unless there is a real attempt to completely reform the K-12 American history curriculum , where the contributions, events and culture of these excluded groups are immersed into the historical narrative, we need and will continue to honor and celebrate Black History Month and any other month that honors and acknowledges these groups.”
“We need black history month because without it all of our achievements will either be discredited or white washed,” freshman Kaila Reynolds said.
“It’s a part of history that people need to know about,” freshman Alexis Armour said.
Even if it were for a day or as it originally started a week, with its successes and triumphs, black history warrants honor and celebration.