Establishing a month around Black history feeds the soul of Black individuals by recognizing our enslaved ancestors to produce a generation that breaks down generational oppression inflicted upon the Black race. Such as being faced with prejudices and blatant racism, to the point where the word “tired” is now used as a euphemism for oppression. America built its nation on the belief that people of color are inferior to those with lighter complexion erasing the lineage of intellectual and educational work done by Black Americans. To some people, Black history month may be trivial. For young Black and gifted men and women, Black History Month goes beyond the culture and values that Black Americans commemorate through music, literature, and endless activism for equality in our modern world. Black people continuously strive to redefine the stigmas behind being Black in America, and we celebrate a month that is originated to bring recognition to oppressed Black Americans so that contemporary and subsequent Black accomplishments can be acknowledged.
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