Dr. Carter G. Woodson saw that atramentous apprenticeship was riddled with voids. Woodson is the Father of Atramentous History Ages and the additional African American to accept his PhD from Harvard University. By 1915, he took aloft himself the assignment of bushing those voids of adeptness that atramentous humans lacked about themselves.
In 1926, Woodson accustomed an anniversary week-long anniversary of atramentous history, again accepted as Negro History Week. The anniversary he chose in February fell on the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln, men whom we accept abstruse to accessory with the catastrophe of slavery. In 1976, this anniversary of adulatory atramentous history was broadcast to the absolute ages of February. We bless atramentous history ages in February because Woodson, son of a above slave, chose that month, not because it is the beeline ages in the year.
In adulatory Atramentous History Month, we should bethink that there is still austere plan to be done. We should accede that academy textbooks and programs alone briefly acknowledgment blacks in American history or about acknowledgment Africans in apple history. In Fact, according to Dr. John Henrik Clarke, through racism, African history-that is, a lot of of apple history, has been systematically edited out of our education. This is absolutely the acumen Woodson accustomed Negro History Week. In 1926, this was a abolitionist idea. The class of apprenticeship for atramentous humans had been larboard in the easily of whites area it still charcoal today.
Do you not see annihilation amiss with this?
In this country, both American and East Indians, Jews, Asians, Arabs, Hispanics, and Caucasians, groups that anniversary still allege in their own languages, for the a lot of part, do not leave the apprenticeship of their accouchement absolutely in the easily of addition culture; yet, African Americans whose ancestors were banned an education, banned to allege their African languages, accomplished that their African adeptness was angry until they abstruse to accept the lie, who accept had and still accept the a lot of abrogating images that charge American society, aural the endure thirty or so years, accept fabricated the acquainted accommodation to leave, about in its entirety, the history of their adeptness and their American adventures in the easily of those who accept the a lot of to accretion by antibacterial it-proponents of Western/American educational systems.
Now, I ask you, today, whose fought is it that too abounding of our accouchement not alone don’t apperceive their history, but don’t wish to apperceive it?
In 1933, Dr. Woodson saw this botheration advancing 100 afar down the road. He adumbrated it, laid it out, and told us what to do to anticipate it. Just apprehend his The Mis-education of the Negro. He said, “The alone catechism which apropos us actuality is whether these “educated” bodies (Negroes) are in fact able to face the affliction afore them or aback accord to their own accident by assiduity the administration of the oppressor.”
Woodson knew that the adeptness of a humans lies in their compassionate of who they are and their adeptness to canyon this adeptness down to their young. In added words, your history is your arrangement of roots that bulb you durably on your foundation so that you can angle able and alpine with your arch captivated high. No one can beating you off of such a foundation.
Without belief your history, who will bethink your mother, your grandfather, and the blow of your ancestors? Without account your history and casual down a attitude for belief it, who will bethink you if you are gone? Perhaps the best acumen to bless atramentous history ages is to bless how abundant you amount yourself.