Black History Month
By Anthony Fuentes
Carter G. Woodson aka the “Father of Black History” was an African-American writer and historian. He wrote the influential book The Miseducation of the Negro. He dedicated his whole life to African American history and advocated to establish Black History Month.
During the Month of February people from all over the country are exposed to the history of how the United States came to end a policy of racial segregation. This month we honor the contributions of African Americans to U.S. history. On February 12, 1909, the NAACP was formed by a group of African Americans leaders to form a new permanent civil rights organization. In 2009, Barack Obama became the first African American president in the history of the United States. He was in office for two terms from 2009 to 2017.
East High Senior Kayonnah Singletary said, “I am thrilled that African Americans get a month to themselves to celebrate and remember all the African Americans who have sacrificed their life and wellbeing to achieve equality for all.” Senior Nettie Sieh added, “I’m very glad that we get a whole month to celebrate the struggles that our ancestors went through to get us our freedom and equality that we have today.” So all month long appreciate the freedoms you have and remember the brave men and women that fought for freedom and equality for everyone.
East High will hold our own Black History Month celebration on Tuesday, February 13th in the Edward J. Cavalier auditorium.