Glendale Community College is hosting a virtual celebration event for Black History Month! This is an all-inclusive event for students and faculty members to attend free of cost, from February 1st to March 1st. As students and faculty members it’s very important for us to come together in commemorates of African American history and culture! This event will include, a Black History month display located at Glendale Community College campus. A virtual Netflix viewing party for the series’ “When they see Us”, and a “Step Afrika! Live step dance workshop” and many more!! I encourage you to check out this event and really appreciate the African American culture!  

“Black History Month was created by Carter G. Woodson and several other colleagues, who found it necessary to preserve their culture of their race, and make sure others were informed of the contributions and accomplishments that were part of their history”. So, they dedicated the month of February to do just that! Which is known as Black History today. Why February? Fedrick Douglas, Abraham Lincoln, and Booker T. Washington’s, birthdays all landed in February. Making February a very important month in Black History. These were all important people during that time and they all contributed to the history we know today. 

Frederick Douglass was a leader of black America in the 19th century. He was a writer, and a speaker in the in anti-slavery movement who was well respected. His life had many challenges. He was a young boy at just the age of eight when he was separated from his mother, and was sold into slavery. He taught himself how to read and write, and as a teenager he would often get beaten for trying to escape. When he got older, he got sent to Baltimore, to work on the shipyard. Then later he found a way to escape to New York, and met the love of his life. He got Married and changed his last name to Douglass, then him and his wife settled in Massachusetts, where he became a big part of the anti-slavery movement!1 

Booker T. Washington was another important figure during this time! He was truly ahead of his era. He led the charge for vocational training of black Americans as means to upward mobility in his later life. As well as founded the National Negro Business League to encourage African American business development. Although his many great accomplishments, his life was far from easy. He was born into slavery in West Virgina, where he was put to work as a young child; and was prohibited from attending school. He didn’t even own a pair of shoes until he was eight. His step dad after the civil war started working for Kanawha Saline’s furnaces. He soon joined his step father working on furnaces, then later on was forced to work in the coal mines. Booker T. Washington was a strong induvial who tried to be positive in his situation. He saw every opportunity as a learning experience, which made it possible for him to help other black Americans better their lives as he got older. He was a true hero to many! 

There were many other heroes of this time that should be remembered and celebrated for all the work that they did to make a difference in black America. This is why we today still dedicate the month of February in commemorates of Black History Month!