I’m intrigued by the threat that Black History Month presents for some. Every year we have celebrations for Hispanic Heritage Month and Global Awareness Month, but no ongoing debate occurs about why we are celebrating these months. I’m certainly not advocating we start doing that, but I am curious as to why we project our fears when it comes to Black History Month.
For African Americans in the United States, Black History Month embodies the spirit of Carter G. Woodson’s statement: "We have a wonderful history behind us…and it is going to inspire us to greater achievements." For us, celebrating history is being proud of God’s choice of whom he made us to be. Some at ACU may not understand the reasons for celebrating the achievements of African Americans in America, but that does not afford us license to dishonor the things others hold dear. If it is important to our brothers and sisters, it should be important to all of us.
The Bible says that when one of our brothers or sisters suffers, we should all suffer and when one is honored, we should all rejoice. Rather than complaining, why not investigate why your brothers and sisters are rejoicing. You may just learn something good and important to your own life and growth.
director of Student Services and Multicultural Enrichment