Black History Month celebrates African Americans

February was Black History Month, a celebration of African Americans, from leaders to entertainers, and the impact that they had on the world.

“Aretha Franklin is someone that has made a huge impact on me because she changed the way that people perceived black female artists,” Bailey Arnone, seventh grade communications major said.

The first celebration of Black History Month was in 1970 at Kent State University. The holiday gained more recognition in 1976 when former president Gerald Ford made a statement about its importance at the nation’s bicentennial. The holiday quickly grew in popularity from there.

“I don’t think that black history should be recognized only in February, it should be something that is taught on a regular basis,” Shakendra Moorer, communications teacher said.

Many black activists helped people to discover that they had a voice of their own and that they should use it.“Martin Luther King Jr. taught me to be comfortable with speaking about what I believed in,” Ravyin Vincent, eighth grade dance major said.

Black History Month commemorated all blacks and their accomplishments. From Aretha Franklin to Martin Luther King Jr., this holiday celebrated African Americans who made the world a better place.

Moorer said, “It’s important for everyone to learn about the black leaders that paved the way for us so we can understand what they went through to get us to where we are today.”