Team Redstone celebrates Black History Month

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Henry Barnard Prepares for Black History Month

Black History Month has good intentions at its core, though some people may find it divisive. The transatlantic slave trade brought black people to the Caribbean and North America before these states were united, but with displaced Africans left unable to document their own histories, European colonists were able to dictate their own story and perception of the horrors of slavery.

“It’s an allocated month that makes it okay to talk about racial inequality, and a history of oppression and hope”.

Unfortunately the fight to maintain humanity and disprove inferiority is a recurring theme in black history, as African-Americans have been regularly cast as “the other” in an American society that centers the interests and values of white men. There is a reliance on force that goes beyond what is necessary to accomplish police duty. The series of events, called “Black History Month Kingston”, were organized for the first time by Frank Waters in conjunction with the A.J. Williams-Myers African Roots Library. “This is part of our heritage, not just as African Americans, but as Americans, and I think that all of us can share in that success”.

While Black History Month is important, there is a need for something beyond.

School principal Dave Chambers read a statement to CBC Toronto, wherein he explained the idea to wear do-rags came from a Black History committee. “It’s very hard to change someone’s mindset once they’re set in that mindset, but if we can catch them when they’re young and show them that everybody is equal, and we treat each other with dignity and respect, then I think that will go a long way for future generations”.

The Killeen Branch NAACP will host the “My Black is Beautiful” event in honor of Black History Month Feb. 9 from 6 to 8 p.m.in the Fellowship Hall of Greater Peace Missionary Baptist Church, 4201 Zephyr Road, Killeen.

Boggs said all the events and programs during BHM offerways to celebrate the prominent black achievers who have been overlooked in the country’s history books.

At The Pacer, we believe that the celebration of black history should not be officially limited to a month.

“We think about just certain leaders in the black community but (do not) really learn about the true history and the various and important contributions that the black community has given to the USA and in a more global context”, Garcia-Pusateri said. “We acknowledge that this was not the outcome that was anticipated, and we apologize if the activity offended anyone”, he said. Let’s not forget the history of the civil rights movement, but realize that we are living it. “I know about Rosa Parks, George Washington Carver, Fannie Lou Hamer, Madam C.J. Walker, Dorothy Height”, Devonish said in a Facebook message.

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