Final Thoughts – What Does Black History Month Mean to You?

February 23, 2016

As we enter the final days of Black History Month, we thank each of you for your participation and support of this B.E.S.T. initiative. There is a famous saying, “It takes a village to raise a child.” Together, we are continuing to raise the children of Baltimore into future leaders. Below are final thoughts from this year’s participants:

“Black History Month means appreciating not only the history of our culture, but the present and future aspects as well. I personally find it to be a very empowering month that can be an excellent way to raise awareness of issues if done properly.” Fayth P., Friends School, 10th Grade

“The contributions of African Americans have changed millions of lives around the world for the better, [including] life-saving innovations like open heart surgery and traffic lights. There is not a day that goes by when we are not benefitting from the many contributions that black people have made. Celebrating Black History Month is so important because doing so inspires others to strive to accomplish great things as well.” Josiah S., St. Paul’s School, 7th Grade

“It’s a month that we celebrate important accomplishments that black people have made, although I do feel that we should celebrate black people and our culture every month. This month is a month to acknowledge important black people who have made contributions and sacrifices for our race”. Kourtney N., St. Paul’s School for Girls, 6th Grade

 “Black History Month is a time for me to personally reflect on the progress of my people to measure how far we as a society have come from the past and analyze the challenges ahead. Through organizations like B.E.S.T., I have personally been able to attain levels of education, professional experience and exposure that were unavailable to people who looked like me only a few, short decades ago. However, even with this progress, there still exist policies and initiatives at the highest levels of society that continue to promote diversity, inclusion and equality across multiple segments where economic or social equality may not exist. With this in mind, Black History Month provides a time for me to reaffirm my commitment to furthering the legacy of my people to ensure that future generations are able to benefit from the work done today in the same way my generation has been able to benefit from the generations that came before us.” Charles P., MBA Candidate, Loyola Blakefield & B.E.S.T. Alumnus, Class of 2004

Thank you for celebrating Black History Month with the Baltimore Educational Scholarship Trust!