Black History Month
August 22, 2010
February is the month of agony, oppression, and honor. It’s the season of struggles and rises to glory. Images of those who fought tooth and nail for what is moral sprang into my head. It mirrors an epic period, more victorious and grotesque than any fable of fiction. Tales of malice and slaughter reduce me to tears of sorrow. In my youth, I had no knowledge of this satanity; events that occurred before my birth and didn’t directly involve me was all I distinguished it as. I was blinded by ignorance to see that February was the occasion when ancient wounds sometimes fester.
However, the month succeeding January can be an opportunity for compassion. People can take the time out to try to understand one another. The historical sores may be too tender to touch, but love can heal any wound. Unless someone invents a time machine anytime soon we can’t change what happened in the past. In the past, I didn‘t give it much thought; for I wasn’t a part of the problem; but I would like to now be a part of the solution. With a little sympathetic feeling, this month can be an episode of exaltation and forgiveness.
Black history month is a milestone for self-awareness. You can take a few lessons from the yesteryear to unveil where you are going to journey today. I unearth my “self” while doing an assignment for my fifth grade teacher by constructing a booklet of famous African-Americans in alphabetical order by surname. Every detail of their lives appeals to a part of me I didn’t know I possess. Those who this month honors deserve to have their grief displayed for all the world to witness. The idea finally sank in that this month was about taking a photograph of days gone by to make a portfolio of what is to be in the decades to come.
My notion of black history has ripened as I have matured. I now sense a deeper connection to the scars of my forefathers. Though February is the shortest month of the year, it is far from being the least noteworthy. It is about time shed the old ways of life and metamorphose with a new feeling of accomplishment. As a young person in this day in age, I established a taste for this Afro-American month. The second month of the year is not just the dreaded “month of projects.”
Black History Month Essay Contest
Sat, February 10, 20184:00 P.M.
Lucien E. Blackwell West Philadelphia Regional Library
Students in grades 5 through 8 are invited to participate in our Black History Month Essay Contest! Students may submit an essay on the following topics: Black Inventions and Inventors, The Underground Railroad, or Religion in Ancient Egypt.
Essays should be 2-4 pages double spaced. Please include a cover page with your name, school, grade, and a parent or guardian phone number. Essays will be judged on originality, research, organization, and writing. Librarians are available to assist students with research.
Essays should be submitted at the main desk of the Lucien E. Blackwell West Philadelphia Regional Library.
- first place: $100
- second place: $75
- third place: $50
For further information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sponsored by the Walnut Hill Community Association and the Friends of Lucien E. Blackwell West Philadelphia Regional Library
Deadline: Saturday, February 10, 2018