BLACK HISTORY MONTH : The Missing Link by Abda Wone 

Since 1976, the month of February has been set aside in honor of Black History in the United States and Canada. During this special month, scholars, artists, activists, politicians and religious leaders debate the role of Black people in society and the challenges they are facing.

Black History celebration was created by Carter G. Woodson (1875-1950) as a week-long event. Woodson’s dream was for the history of African Americans to be taken more seriously.

A proud holder of a Ph.D degree from Havard, the second African American to earn such a degree, Woodson understood the need for young African Americans to know their past for a better understanding of the present in order to anticipate the future.

This event is a great moment for African Americans to visit their history and celebrate those who have contributed to making a difference in their everyday lives.

The month of February sees activists raising awareness and educating youngsters about great African American heroes such as, Marian Anderson, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Josephine Baker, Maya Angelou, Barack Obama and the list goes on.

But as much as the history of this great people is recognized during the enriching month of February, the link to the motherland is often missing in action. Slavery is often seen as the starting point of the history of Blacks. Prior to the enslavement of Blacks, Africa used to be center of the world where great things happened. This long chapter of the continent needs to be told for the young African Americans to know the starting point of their history is not the dark side of the slavery but the time where people like Pythagore were visiting Africa to seek for knowledge and better living conditions.

Abda Wone

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