What Does Black History Month Mean to You? Volume Three

February 16, 2016
“The significance of Black History Month for me lies mostly in the fact that it is an organized time for reflection, by all people, on the history and future of African-Americans. Today the idea of colorblindness is a popular concept in the mainstream, the idea that it is helpful to “not see color”. I am personally of the opinion that it is both healthy and necessary to view each other’s racial differences, but also act with empathy towards those different than us. I also think it is critical for any group to have pride in the culture to which they belong, and Black History Month provides an outlet for African-Americans to take pride in our culture, while allowing other races to empathize and appreciate us as well. It also provides a venue for hopefully productive discussions to take place regarding what are the next best steps to continue improving in all areas as a people.”
Marcus S., CPA, Gilman School & B.E.S.T. Alumnus, Class of 2005

“Black History is very important, but often overlooked. I think that Black History Month is important because it is a month dedicated to remembering, honoring, and being educated on the black men and women who sacrificed so much, some even their lives and freedom, so that future generations wouldn’t have to experience the same injustices as they did. I respect and thank men and women like Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman, Nelson Mandela and many others who fought injustice and had the courage to continue fighting for a cause greater than them.” Cameron M., Bryn Mawr School, 10th Grade

“When I think about what Black History Month means to me, three words come to mind. These words are courage, sacrifice, and perseverance. I can only begin to imagine the tremendous amount of bravery it took to be “the first” in any field, profession, or school. For the word sacrifice, I am reminded of those who gave their time, finances, and in some instances their lives. Lastly, the remarkable spirit of those who never gave up comes to mind when I think of Black History Month.” Aniyah A., St Paul’s School for Girls, 9th Grade