Bullis Students Reflect on Black History Month
Black History month was created in 1926 by historian, Carter G. Woodson who declared February, Black History Month. Woodson wanted to spread awareness of many achievements made by African Americans. ( See Black History Month Video) Initially, , Black History Month was just celebrated during the second week of February, now it is celebrated for the entire month.
“It's amazing how a month is dedicated to African Americans. Also how much success they have made in this country,” said senior Justin Kelly(‘18).
There are many African Americans who have changed the way people live their lives today. These include Jackie Robinson, who broke the color barrier in baseball, Rosa Parks, who refused to sit in the back of a public bus, and arguably the most famous, Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. King was an activist who was a popular spokesman in the south arguing for equality for African Americans in the south.
Jackie Robinson was born in January 1919 in Georgia. Robinson had a love for baseball, but African Americans were banned from the MLB.. In 1945, Robinson got the chance to be the first African American baseball player to play in the MLB. He was signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers. Many fans were not happy with this. He was booed and attacked with racial slurs every game. This did not bother him. He continued to play the sport he loved and eventually won numerous awards such as the MVP (Most Valuable Player Award). (Jackie Robinson Biography).
Rosa Parks is is known for her act of refusing to sit in the back of a public bus. She was then arrested and that led to the bus boycott that started on December 5th, 1955 and lasted till December 20th, 1955. African Americans refused to ride any public bus.
Bullis celebrated Black History month at a special all-school assembly on 2/14.
“It's a time to celebrate the famous figures that came before me to shape my life,” said Phillip Smith (‘19).