The Importance of Acknowledging Our Black History

Black history not only represents Black people, it represents Black influence around the world.
Today and beyond, we not only celebrate the Black astronauts, scientists, inventors, artists, and
activists that influenced our past, we also celebrate the resiliency of Black people and for
retaining their blood given sense of worth, dignity and dedication that brings about the rise of
Black businesses, arts, and literature that greatly impact the world we live in.

Black people in America have played a central role throughout the shaping of U.S. history. Since before slavery and the
Great Migration, to the Jim Crow Era, to the civil rights movement and on to becoming major
factors contributing to our military, scientific, cultural and political achievements.

Far too often we limit this celebration to those names we hear in history books, on the radio, or
on Television. We forget to celebrate this current society of Black men and women in America, whose
names may never be heard, but who have made great contributions for the betterment of ALL people.
From the Black mom who raised several children and instilled in them a sense of value and purpose. To the
Black father who worked and provided for his children with unwavering dedication. These influential Black
people will not be spoken about in the media, but their sacrifice yesterday and today will undoubtably
shape the world of tomorrow.

Acknowledging Black History affords us, not only a healing truth, but also an opportunity to properly steward
the history that has been given, by digging deeper in order to uncover the truth and lessons outside of the collective history that
has been traditionally offered to us.

Learning Black history not only teaches a history forgotten, but it also gives Black people a link to
their ancestorial wisdom, going beyond racism and slavery, exposing us all to the beautiful Black
diaspora, celebrating their existing knowledge and honoring the many brave Blacks who have
endured sacrifice
and suffering for us ALL.

-Willie W.

Briarpatch Youth Services