This great country of America is seen as a success story for many people. So, why are some of the stories which have constructed the fabric of the nation not fully shared? In other words, why is African American history only stressed or taught in the month of February and not part of the regular curriculum in schools year-round?
Yes, it’s nice that the country has taken the time to acknowledge the accomplishments of African Americans. However, providing just one month to do so is a bit disingenuous. Considering all of the great accomplishments by African Americans, there’s no way that a single month should be given to show appreciation.
These accomplishments need to be structured into the standard curriculum for all students to learn about continuously. What is learned in February may not be retained by May, and perhaps be totally lost by June. Although it would be nice to make African American studies courses mandatory, African American history should be an integral part of U.S. history, to make our contributions widely known.
We should not settle for having the only history taught during Black History Month be about slavery and the struggles of the Civil Rights Movement. African Americans have done so many amazing things that one month cannot be the limit to our greatness. The accomplishments of African Americans have to be celebrated and recognized with equal value to the achievements of other great Americans.
- Mr. Jeff