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Black history is everyone’s history

Although we are near the end of February, which is Black History Month, black history should be celebrated year-round.

This year various groups, universities and schools in the county and region provided a showcase of past and present contributions black men and women have made to our country.

To feel all of these activities and exhibitions are organized for only black Americans would be erroneous, as this history showcases an important part of our American heritage that influences all races.

Although the celebration of black history originally began as a weeklong event, the observance was extended to an entire month during the mid-1970s.

President Ford called on American citizens to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”

Simply put, Black History Month is an important way to observe, commemorate and learn about those offerings to America that may have been forgotten or merely not known.

We should take time throughout the year to educate ourselves on all the rich history our country has to offer. Each played a vital part of shaping our past, present and future.