Some Thoughts on Black History Month / by Malik Lloyd

I think we should all re-evaluate how we look at Black history month.

For one, there needs to be a better education of black history all across this country. Black history is an integral part of American history and enlightening more citizens on the subject matter will lead to a better understanding of many racial/cultural issues we have today.

Also, "we" need to stop focusing only on the historical aspect of Black history. Yes, it is very important, but by focusing only on the past achievements of prominent civil rights leaders, we tend to believe that the struggle for equal rights is done and over when the reality is far different.

We, speaking to the young Black people of my generation, need to focus more on ourselves and our own actions. While we tend to think of Black history only in terms of the past, we must also consider the Black history of the future. 50 or 100 years from now, what will young Black people think of our generation and our contribution to the legacy of Black America?

Personally, I'd like to think that the actions that I take on a day to day basis will lead to some level of improvement of society and that future generations will be able to see myself as someone who worked towards solutions rather than resting on the accomplishments of those that came before me.

We are who we are because of our history. The actions we take will decide the history that later generations will build from. Let's give them a solid foundation to build upon.

 

Malik L.
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