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Black History Month

“Black History Month means to highlight the stories and achievements that should have been highlighted in textbooks but have been made footnotes with invisible ink because those who have achieved these milestones looked like me.” —  Polly Tjihenuna, Senior Sociology, Namibia. 

“Black history month is a time to honor the excellence, brilliance, and strength of our heritage. As we celebrate the 45th year of Black History Month,  I choose to celebrate my heritage by living everyday committed to making an impact on those around me through education,  prayer, service,  and unconditional positive regard.” — Monique Darden, Graduate Student – Professional Counseling/ Marriage and Family Therapy

“Black History Month to me is having the opportunity to uplift and showcase black excellence in all of its glory. However, I celebrate my heritage by being black every day. No matter what month it is, I celebrate all of my heritage and cultures. No month or day or year can hold my blackness down!” — Amber Lewis, Public Relations.

“Black History Month means the world to me, not only because it is a time where African history and African-American history is integrated into one and celebrated for what it is. But it is also a time where we get to celebrate our Not only the bad that happened in the past, but all the different pieces of arts and culture that came as a result of our past and are helping us move forward as people.” — Charmaine Mukurazhizha, Senior, Harare Zimbabwe.

“Black joy, black resilience, black love is magical all year round but during Black History Month we are extra loud about it.” Deborah Laker, Senior, Convergence Journalism and Political Science, Uganda

“Black History Month reminds me of the great suffering and the great triumph of my people. At its core, it is meant to celebrate the advancement and achievements of Black/African Americans, despite the odds being systemically stacked against us. Americans like Fredrick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Martin Luther King Jr, Fannie Lou Hamer, Angela Davis, James Baldwin, and John Lewis dedicated their lives to the liberation of not just Black people, but all people. Black History Month also reminds me of the sad reality of why it was created. Black History Week, later becoming Black History Month, was founded because African American history wasn’t valued enough to be shared. Even today, many people disengage and wait for February to end because they still see no value in honoring Black/African Americans. As for me, I celebrate my heritage every day. I do not settle for 28 days, sometimes 29, to remember and honor the legacy I am. I celebrate by remembering to honor everyone for their culture and differences. I honor my heritage by making racism uncomfortable in any space I occupy. Black History is American History, and I honor those who’ve given everything for the justice, equality, and equity of my people and to make this country what it should have been all along. Happy Black History Month!” — Dezmond J. Harris, Senior, International Community Development

“Black History Month, to me, is a time where we remember the legendary men and women who paved the way to not only freedom but they paved away to challenge other blacks to be people of dignity, creativity, uniqueness, and excellence. Black History Month isn’t just to remember the people who came before us. But it’s about black men, women, boys, and girls following, carrying out, and passing down the example and new way of life that those before us have died sang, worked, sacrificed, and pressed for. We are to be people who are unique, full of love and inspiration. Not people who promote hate, violence, perverted perspectives, and damaged culture that cancels our generation’s future. So in conclusion black history month is an annual chance to remember that calling and I celebrate it by remembering those who lived out that calling and living it myself.” — Carlos Fleming Jr, Sophomore, Cinema/Television/Digital Media

“Black history month is a month to celebrate excellence accomplished by black men and women. Pioneers and warriors in our history. To celebrate the strength and impact of black people in history. To embrace the challenges we have overcome and also embrace what the future holds for us. To celebrate blackness and black culture (with all the diversity that includes) with all those around us.” —Schlitz Masheleni, 2022, Business Administration and Zimbabwe