Black History Month

A feature on the culture and importance of black history month.

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Janelle De Jesus, Feature Editor

February, known to people as the ‘Month of Love’ due to Valentine’s day. What is not commonly known though, is that February marks a very important time. February was marked black history month, which allows the world to celebrate the successes and importance of black figures in our history. This month allows for education in our world, since many accomplishments were made possible my African American figures in history and even in our presence. 

Black history month gives us the opportunity to reflect on the positive accomplishments and contributions of african-americans throughout history,’ said teacher Janis Mac, “It is important, and honestly, I’m glad we celebrate it.” 

This month allows the people of the world to gather together to celebrate why black history is equally as important as any other type of history. With the Black Lives Matter movement in late 2020 and early 2021, people in the nation were able to collaborate on the idea that all lives cannot be equal until black lives are included in this. This is a movement that will continue to be fought for this year, and forever until it is followed through. 

“Someone told me this quote once, ‘I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel’’ Mack said, “This quote is essential to allowing our community to value how we treat everybody around us, despite where they may come from.”

With only one week in, we already see new things happening for the black community. We see influencers like Wendy Williams releasing her movie on her life and history. We also have Emmy winner Zendaya, co-producing and starring in Malcolm and Marie, a movie about two black lovers and their life. Outside of the movie realm we even have Ariana Grande, who is an advocate for equality re-releasing her hit 34+35 with Doja Cat and Megan The Stallion; two black artists that have blown up in the past year. 

We see growth and change towards the black community and all of its movements every day, and it is our job as a community to help embrace and aim towards equality for all.