History Month was first recognized in the United States in 1926.
Dr. Carter G. Woodson began to document the history of African
Americans, to give the world a true depiction of his culture in the
history books. He not only changed the negative views that were once
recognized as truth in the mainstream, but also gave African Americans
hope that one day, they would be considered equal in the eyes of
Nearly 30 years later, a young prodigy entered the limelight to address
the inequalities and racial segregation of African Americans. Known for
his inspiring ‘I Have a Dream’ speech, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave a
voice to the Civil Rights Movement and provided hope to a hopeless
nation. His death in 1963 was a crush to the country, but his voice
continued and continues to be heard today. In 1965, Congress passed the
Voting Rights Act, which gave ALL citizens, of all creeds and colors,
the right to vote, without discrimination.
As we pay tribute to the African American history makers of the past
and present, remember the sacrifices that have been made to ensure
equality among all men and women of this great nation. Discard your own
prejudices and recognize the beauty in each other. As Martin Luther
King Jr. so eloquently put it, let freedom ring!
“…When we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from
and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to
speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men,
Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join
hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, ‘Free at last!
Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!’” Martin
Luther King Jr. – ‘I Have a Dream’ Speech