Celebration Of Life Month on January, 2019: Why is Black History Month such a controversial subject?
January, 2019 is Celebration Of Life Month 2019.
The rest of the several weeks celebrate an element of existence that one remembers existence itself. It’s a biggie.Why possess a special month? Because, among all of the commotion in our everyday existence, there's an unfortunate inclination to forget we’re alive. Within the failing to remember, we risk permitting existence to pass through us by without ever really realizing – that is a pity if we glance around we'll find much to celebrate.So let Celebration Of Life Month be the beginning of a determined effort to take full advantage of exactly what you come accross, whether it’s savouring a hug from a family member, or basically appreciating the play of sunshine in puddles at work vehicle-park. As Dryden stated:“Happy the guy, and happy he alone, He who are able to call now their own: He who, secure within, know, Tomorrow do thy worst, for I've resided today.”
I think Black History Month is controversial because of a lot of misunderstanding and the residue of years of racial discimination that still affect us.
The misunderstanding is that other groups have no special ethnic month celebrations, so Black people shouldn't have one. This is simply not true; several groups have month-long celebrations. Jewish-American Heritage Month is in May. Hispanic Heritage Month is September 15 to October 15. Irish American Heritage Month is in March (St. Patrick's Day) and Italian-American Heritage Month is in October (Columbus Day). By the way- February was not chosen for Black History Month because it's the shortest month of the year. It was originally a week-long celebration to recognize the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln (2/12) and Federick Douglass (2/17). I think it is a very American thing to acknowledge your heritage and I see doing so as a gift to other people as opposed to a divisive tool.
Speaking of birthdays, does celebrating your birth one day out of the year mean your life has no significance the other 364? Am I only proud to be an American on July 4th? Or a Christian at Christmas or Easter? I can't speak for others but as a historian, I think about American history- including African-American history- every day of my life. I don't really need a month to celebrate Black history... just like I don't need one day to celebrate my life; Independence Day to love my country or a holiday to honor my savior, Jesus Christ. But I'm glad those special days exist.
I believe Black History Month has done a lot to bring African-American history into the mainstream narrative. In a society where some people are still committed to racism and prejudice, I think the education that history provides is a powerful response. We shall overcome.
Black History: Are their other months that celebrate different ethic groups and culturals?
Of course, there are but some people want to whine about Black History Month. There are Jewish, Irish and Italian-American Heritage months all white.
Heritage and History Months
National Mentoring Month - January
Acknowledging the positive impact mentoring has on young lives is the goal of this celebration. The first observance was in 2002, spearheaded by the Harvard Mentoring Project and MENTOR/National Mentoring Partnership. The month brings attention to the need for mentors, as well as how individuals, businesses, government agencies, schools, faith communities, and nonprofits can work together to ensure productive lives for young people.
African American History Month (Black History Month) - February
Prior to 1925, little information could be found in the US about African American history. A widely held belief existed that African Americans had made little contribution to US society. In 1926, Carter G. Woodson spearheaded the first Negro History Week to raise awareness. Fifty years later, the week was expanded to a month. February was selected because of the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, two individuals who dramatically affected the lives of African Americans.
Women's History Month - March
On March 8, 1857, garment workers in New York City staged one of the first organized protests by working women. Women’s groups internationally have designated times to mark this day. To add women’s history into educational curricula, a Women’s History Week was initiated in 1978. By 1981, the week was a national event, and in 1987, the National Women’s History Project petitioned Congress to include all of March as a celebration of women.
Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month - May
Generations of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have strengthened the US as a nation. Many ethnic groups worked tirelessly to build a national railroad, paving the way for western expansion. The first Asian/Pacific Heritage Week was celebrated in 1979, in response to little recognition of this population during the 1976 bicentennial. By 1990, the celebration was one month long and then made official in 1992.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month - June
Until recently, Pride Days for individuals who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) were celebrated at many different times all over the US. The most significant date in LGBT history occurring in June was the 3-day protest in 1969 at the Stonewall Inn in New York City, an event that marked the first time that the gay community joined together to fight for its rights, thereby gaining national attention. The anniversary of this event was one of the reasons June was chosen as the nationally proclaimed month to celebrate LGBT Pride.
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Hispanic Heritage Month - September
In 1968, Congress first designated the week including September 15 and 16 as National Hispanic Heritage Week. This week was chosen because of two historical events: Independence Day (September 15), which celebrates the formal signing of the Act of Independence of Central America in 1821; and Mexico’s Independence Day (September 16), which commemorates the beginning of the struggle against Spanish control in 1810. In 1988, Congress expanded the week to a full 31-day period beginning September 15.
American Indian Heritage Month - November
Since 1900, many have sought to recognize the great influence American Indians have had on the history, cultural development, and continuing growth of the US. Various dates and weeks were acknowledged until 1976, when Congress authorized a week in October as Native American Awareness Week. Finally, in 1990, the month of November was chosen because it is traditionally a time when many American Indians gather for fall harvest festivals, world-renewal ceremonies, and powwows.
May is Jewish American Heritage Month.
March Is Irish-American Heritage Month.
October is Italian Heritage Month.
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