Black History Month


Image shown depicts a counter in which a famous Greensboro sit-in took place.

Jordan Barish, Staff Writer

Black History Month began a few days ago, on February 1st. This celebration was created by Carter G. Woodson, and it started out as Negro History Week in the 1950’s but was expanded to be a month long in 1976. Gerald Ford, the President at the time, encouraged Americans to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history”.

On February 1st, Google celebrated Sojourner Truth with a Google Doodle for her work in the abolition movement and women’s right movement. Born into slavery, Sojourner was freed due to the New York Anti-Slavery Law and went on to speak out against the injustices faced by black people and women.

Fifty-nine years ago on February 1st, four African American college students took part in the first notable sit-in at Woolworth’s Department Store in Greensboro. This action kick-started the sit-in movement that spread throughout the country in the fight for Civil Rights.

It is important to celebrate Black History Month and recognize the countless contributions made in the history of the United States. For too long, achievements reached by black people were ignored and forgotten. By acknowledging the significance of historical figures such as Thurgood Marshall, George Washington Carver, Langston Hughes, Harriet Tubman, and many other pioneering African Americans, we are acknowledging how important black people have been in creating the America we have today.