Why We Need to Talk About & Celebrate Black History Month

By Lytasha Marie Blackwell and Sarah Lauture, LiveGirl Mentors

In the past, Black History Month has existed to remind us of the greatness we didn’t know we possessed. But in 2018, we believe Black History Month has an altered purpose. In addition to showing the persistence of black Americans, it provides an opportunity for white parents to educate their children not only about the contributions made by black Americans, but also to give them an insight to the circumstances that led to its creation.

LiveGirl Mentor Sarah Lature shares what Black History Month means to her.

"Black History Month has served as the foundation for why I always knew that I could make my dreams a reality. We use this month to remember the significant contributions and achievements of African Americans throughout our nation’s history. Without the examples and works of Langston Hughes, Madame C.J. Walker, Fannie Lou Hamer, and Martin Luther King Jr. – I would have never acknowledged my gift of writing and poetry, I would have never imagined the possibilities of becoming an entrepreneur, I would have never understood the importance of my vote, and our nation would have never progressed in the monumental ways that it did. I wake up, go to sleep, and wake up again as a Black woman; most days it is magical and other days it is overwhelming – and I wouldn’t have it any other way. While this month gives the world just a glimpse into the Black experience and our legacy, sometimes a glimpse is all that is needed to spark the consciousness of a collective. At its core, Black History Month means resilience, inclusion, acknowledgement, community engagement, togetherness… ME. "

“Black history is American history.” – Morgan Freeman.

See Sarah’s book recommendations in honor of Black History Month at www.sweetsarendipity.wordpress.com

LiveGirl Mentor Lytasha Marie Blackwell shares what Black History Month means to her.

Black people have contributed much to the advancement of America and society. Often leaders such as Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks and Jackie Robinson are learned about during Black History Month. Other successful Black contributors include Ida B. Wells who was a journalist and abolitionist, Lewis Latimer who invented to carbon filament for light bulbs and poet/professor Nikki Giovanni. Carter G. Woodson was the creator of Black History Month. While earning his Masters and PhD in American History, he noticed the lack of representation of Black people included in his readings and discussions. First he started “Negro History Week” and then it became an entire month in February. Things like integration of schools causes a real need for Black History to appear in the classroom. Presently, Black history and culture is merging into mainstream educational, corporate and commercial spaces. Former 1st Lady Michelle Obama, wife of the 1st Black American President Barack Obama, was able to promote her Let’s Move Campaign promoting healthy living, community gardens and physical activity as a way to move the next generation forward. With her platform and visibility she was able to impact not only the lives on Black people but Americans as a whole. She even partnered with Beyonce who created a Let’s Move Dance and theme song. Check the link out below: