Black History Month was designed to educate people on the pain and suffering throughout history that Blacks encountered to receive equal rights and freedom. Americans have recognized Black History annually ever since 1926 when it was first known as “Negro History Week” and then converted to “Black History Month.” Although Blacks have been part of our country’s history since the colonial times, it was not until the 20th century that they received a respectable honor in the history books.
On the heels of an historic election, African-Americans have overcome devious and cunning methods to prevent their voices from being heard:
Suppressive election procedures
Black codes and enforced segregation
Physical intimidation and violence
Restrictive eligibility requirements
Rewriting of state constitutions
I am privileged to come from a lineage filled with strength and courage, proud to stand tall in the midst of history and look forward to a future filled with promise and change.
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