We Celebrate Emancipating Black Heroes

Regina Ogwuche and Joy Ibifuro

Black history month is a time whereby African-Americans honor and celebrate what the people before them fought for as it is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time specifically designed for recognizing the central role of blacks in United States of America’s history.

Also known as African American History Month, the event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans.

Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrate black history.

The story of Black History Month begins in 1915, half a century after the Thirteenth Amendment abolished slavery in the United States.

President Gerald Ford officially recognized Black History Month in 1976, calling upon the public to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.

The Black History Month 2020 theme: “African Americans and the Vote,” is in honor of the centennial anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment (1920) granting women’s suffrage and the sesquicentennial of the Fifteenth Amendment (1870) giving black men the right to vote.

Meanwhile, we have witnessed revolutions spear headed by Africans. Hence, bringing about the reduction of what could be described as black trolling, and corrupt government conducts.

These brave men and women set the trend the younger generations follow, thereby standing for liberty, equality, peace and freedom of the black clan. Their accomplishments nevertheless still linger in our minds and sands of time. One of whom was a prominent freedom fighter, Nelson Mandela who contributed immensely to the fight for South Africa’s independence.

This, which till date contributes towards reducing racism and apartheid that was the order of the day as the tenure of the then Prime Minister of the Union of South Africa, Hendrik Venwoerd began in 1958 till 1961.

However, apartheid is not only practiced in South Africa. But other parts of the world; either being persecuted for being black or getting oppressed.

Another fella who contributed his quota towards the emancipation of blacks from racism and hate crimes is Martin Luther King Jr, who was what you can refer to as a freedom fighter, contributing towards the spread of the black gospel.

Also, in more recent times times the likes of Fela Kuti, Ex. First Lady of United States of America, Mitchell Obama the mother of charity, or Micheal Jackson the world peace promoter emerged to make their immense impact.

Owing to this, we honor Africans who have made an impact in the lives of the masses and communities around them won’t be enough to explain their doings which is paving the way for a more flexible future for the black generation z.

One thing to note is that, every year and every decade produces determined and innovative thinkers who aim to improve the quality and standard of living of others.