Posted on: February 15, 2024 Posted by: Christina Bronner Comments: 14

Celebrating Our People & Our Month-Black History Month 

 

BY DR. SHANESSA FENNER 

 

I love being an unapologetic Black woman and no man, woman, history book, judge or jury is going to make me change my mind. February is Black History Month. This month is dedicated to telling the stories of Black people who made a profound impact on the world and achieved great things.

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Dr. Carter G. Woodson, the father of Black History, founded Black History Week in February 1926 in order to focus on the accomplishments and achievements of Black people. He selected February due to Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass’ birthdays being in February and Blacks celebrated the historic achievements of the two prominent men. 1976 marked the 50th anniversary of Black History Week and the Association for the Study of African American History officially made it Black History Month. Since then, every U. S. President has issued a proclamation honoring the spirit of Black History Month. 

 

Black people have a rich history that ranges from slavery, oppression, injustice, racism, inequality and the list goes on. It is important to know our history so that it won’t be repeated. It is important for Black parents to teach our Black children our history so that it will be told correctly using explicit details. Learning begins at home. They need to learn how to stand for what is right even when it goes against the majority. Teach our young Black males that they are valued, intelligent, their membership matters and they are the head of the Black family that has been dismantled. They need their Black fathers now more than ever. Teach our young Black females that they are valued, beautiful, smart, to love the skin that they are in and they do not need a confirmation code from anyone. God, also known as The Lily of the Valley, made them and He knows every hair on their body and what it represents. 

 

We need to educate our Black children about Black inventors, scientists, doctors, innovators, civil rights activists and inspire them to become one as well. Teach them to love the beautiful shades of color that we represent from caramel to deep ebony. It does not matter what skin tone you are because we ALL mark “Black “on the job application that we fill out. Colorism should never be an issue in our race because we are “one” and we need to stand united. The beautiful textures of hair that we have and the beautiful hair styles from Afro puffs, box braids, satin blow-out and Bantu knots, show our culture, taste and appreciation of Black beauty. 

 

Black people should be celebrated not only in February, but every month of the year. We are a race that has endured the most, but respected and acknowledged the least. The true meaning of Black History Month is to love who you are, knowing your culture and heritage, knowing your rich history and showing others every day all day that you are proud to be unapologetically BLACK. 

 

14 People reacted on this

  1. Amen Sister. Well written. I honestly never knew who actually started Black history month. Very nice article.

  2. This is an excellent article. Thanks Dr Fenner for this magnificent piece. Love and Blessing my sister. No, I am an unapologetic black woman!!!

  3. OMG, this is a fierce article. Yes , my sister, i too am an unaplogetic black man. This article has made my day. Thank you and Upscale for posting.

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  5. WOW! What an amazing article! I too shall remain an unapologetic Black Woman. Thank you for your impressive way of reminding so many of us of that. You are absolutely correct in saying that we need to teach our children about our Black heritage and the contributions that we have made to our country. They need to know their worth and be proud of who they are. This is such an informative article. I enjoyed it immensely, and you have a magnificent way of putting information into words that everyone can understand and relate to. Thank God for you and your gift to mankind.

  6. What an awesome article
    It reminds me of what the word of God says, we are fearfully and wonderfully made. ( Psalms 139:14). We can’t teach others if we don’t know who we are. You continue to inspire me with your talents, gifting and compassion.

  7. Well done, Dr. Fenner. Very nicely written. I, too am an apologetic black woman. And let us not forget that Black History is everyday.

  8. Great article, Shanessa! It’s a celebration of who we are, and where we have been; yet it’s a call to action for us to be unapologetically proud and always show up as our authentic selves.

  9. Fierce you are my sister! I love the way you bring passion to your articles. Thank you for reminding us to love and be proud of who we are!

  10. Thank you for sharing this article with me. This was a great read for sure!

    #IAmUnapologeticallyBLACK

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