Black history month is highly recognized here at Lanphier High School. Every morning over the PA system, the student body is introduced to a significant black figure who has made it into the history books for their fame, achievement, and other inventions and accomplishments. Only in the United States is black history recognized.

“The celebration was expanded to a month in 1976, the [United States’] bicentennial. President Gerald R. Ford urged Americans to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.” The association held the first African American History Month [in 1976]. By this time, the entire nation had come to recognize the importance of Black history in the drama of the American story. Since then each American president has issued African American History Month proclamations. And the association—now the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH)—continues to promote the study of Black history all year,” according to africanamericanhistorymonth.gov.

Both Christina’s in the senior class agree, that there should not be a “black history month” anymore,

“Every month should be black history month, we shouldn’t limit ourselves to February. We can celebrate black history all year long,” stated Christina King (12).

Why separate white history from black history? Was black history month just a stepping stone our country needed to recognize the importance of American-African figures in American history? Is black history month necessary in the future?

 

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