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Today marks the first day of Black History Month and we’ve already lost another important figure in the Black community….Mr. Don Cornelius
So I’ve noticed that the higher you are (education wise) the less we learn about Black History (unless you’re in a class devoted to African American studies). Think about it, when was the last time you heard about the Tuskegee Airmen in your English class, when was the last time you discussed Langston Hughes or authors like Toni Morrison. It’s a sad tale of how it doesn’t fit with the curriculum or there isn’t enough time but honestly how difficult would it be to spend a day of the month put aside to honor it, to discuss the struggle or the lack of recognition.
Can you name the inventor of the stoplight?
Can you tell me who really discovered America?
Can you name the individual who came up with the idea of a blood bank?
Can you tell me who created potato chips?
Can you tell me who invented the gas mask? How about the Supersoaker?
one thing in common with all these questions is that they’re all Black. Yet are students being taught this in class, probably not instead we have heard and learned about Madame CJ Walker, Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, Malcolm X, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Alice Walker, Langston Hughes, George Washington Craver, Jesse Owens, Jackie Robinson, Benjamin Banneker and others. Don’t get me wrong these are important figures in Black History but these shouldn’t be the only ones we know about. Each day we should strive to learn about someone not mentioned in history books yet made a major impact in the Black community or even made an impact on the world. Often I wonder why some of these inventors or trend setters aren’t mention in the history books then I remember someone telling me that “the victors are the ones who write history”
So I challenge you today to learn something new this month that you can’t find in a history book.