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Black history is everyone’s history

As we move toward the conclusion of February, Black History month reverberates in every month during the year.

Like years past, many organizations and groups will hold events that showcase the influences we can still feel today from black men and women to our country.

It is important to remember all of these events throughout the month are beneficial for all to educate an important aspect of our country’s history that spans across all races.

Back in the mid 1970s, celebration of black history moved from a weeklong event to a month-long observance during the celebration of the bicentennial of the country.

At that time, President Ford wanted citizens of America to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”

The observance and remembrance of Black History Month is an essential aspect of our country’s history.

Additionally, these events afford the ability to learn more about the contributions to our country that could be overlooked or not known at all.

Although it is a month-long celebration, educating ourselves throughout the entire year will allow us to better understand our country’s rich history.

Every event in our nation’s past, both good and bad helped shape the future.