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Celebrating Black History Month

With February being widely recognized as Black History Month, banners line the halls around Sea King Park in an effort to raise awareness about this important month. 

The origins of Black History Month go back to 1926, when Carter G. Woodson, a historian and proponent of African American rights, created the first Black History Week.

This concept was later expanded in 1976 when President Gerald Ford turned this week-long event into a month-long celebration, recognizing the accomplishments of African Americans throughout our country’s history. 

“Black History Month is supposed to bring awareness to the historical oppression of black people all over the world,” freshman Ebere Nweke said. 

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“Black people have been systematically oppressed over hundreds of years, and that’s why it’s important to learn and celebrate their history.” 

The official colors of Black History Month are black, yellow, green and red, which symbolize unity and pride. The bright colors originate from the Ethiopian flag, and the pan-African flag, but also serve to attract the attention of the general public.

 To those not familiar with Black History Month, there are several ways to help raise awareness. 

“[Students can] listen to music that originated from African culture, support black owned business, and just educate yourself about historical figures, current issues African Americans face today, or even fun facts,” junior Black Student Union board member Kayla Baker said. 

Sea Kings attended BSU’s movie night on February 27th in celebration of Black artists and creators. 

As racism continues to be an issue throughout America, this cultural celebration continues to uplift, inform, and acknowledge the rich history of African Amercians and the significant effect it has had on our country’s development.

“Black History Month is a form of recognition for the African and African American people,” Baker said. 

“It’s to celebrate and acknowledge all they’ve done and continue to do.”

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Zoe Barton, Reporter