Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Black History Month

As Black History Month concludes next week, it is interesting to reflect on how much society has changed since 1926.
  • Airwaves are filled by The Oprah Winfrey Show, the highest-rated talk show in the history of television.
  • Tiger Woods, Lebron James and Vladimir Guerrero dominate their respective professional sports.
  • Forest Whitaker, Jamie Foxx and Denzel Washington dazzle audiences with Oscar winning performances.
  • America has its first African American President.

When historian Carter G. Woodson founded "Negro History Week" in 1926 during the second week of February, he created an important event to bring awareness to black history. Woodson choose the second week of February, because it fell on the birthdays of former President Lincoln an abolitionist and former slave Fredrick Douglas. The event was created 61 years after the Thirteenth Amendment was added to the US Constitution and marked another significant leap forward.

Today, Black History Month signifies a month of remembrance for progress and for the celebration of the equal treatment of mankind. Society is truly no longer measured by the color of its skin, but by the color of its accomplishment.

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