Black History Month originally started out as a week long observation during the second week of February, to remember the history and accomplishments of black people. The whole purpose of Black History Month is to celebrate the accomplishments, and recognize the struggle of African American people throughout history.
In recent years, African American people have been spreading their appreciation beyond the month of February, in the belief that you should celebrate your history and your skin color every month of the year. On social media, hashtags such as #BlackExcellence, #Melanin, and #BlackGirlMagic are used as a way to express pride in the color of their skin. They are also used as a sort of window to break through negative stereotypes and show the world what they can achieve. Worldwide “Blackouts” also occur throughout all social media, most popularly on tumblr. A “Blackout” is where African Americans post pictures of themselves that make them feel confident as a way to show love for their skin color and pride for their background.
Black Student Union is one of the clubs offered at Shawnee Heights that gives student of color a place to go and talk about the difficult situations they face.
“We do talk about black history month. In meetings, dependent on our upcoming activities, we will talk about plans, activities to participate in within the communities, and things pertaining to the organization.” BSU president, Alona Harrison said. “When it comes to difficult subjects, I’m assuming race relations being what you’re referring to, many of our field trips help us to deal with and talk through problems the Black community faces.”
BSU also gives Students of color a place where they can freely talk about what it’s like to be a person of color.
“We talk about being proud of the rich heritage of African American, and focus less on skin color because African Americans come in many shades, ranging from the lightest of hues to the darkest.” Harrison said. “It helps Students by empowering them to voice their concerns and opinions about their community.”