The Celebration of Black History Month Brought to you by Mason Recreation

In February, we celebrate Black History Month. We use this month to emphasize the importance of the, once-neglected, accomplishments of Black Americans.

So, why is Black History Month important? Past events are still lessons for us to learn, to this very day. Our Nation still has a long way to go before we reach equality. These moments in history can be used to inspire us and motivate us to make a change for the future.

Below are some interesting facts about Black American History:

MLK improvised his “I Have a Dream” speech – Martin Luther King Jr. brought notes along to his speech, but most of it was created right on the spot.

Recognized as the "First Lady of Civil Rights", Rosa Parks played a pivotal role in social justice, but she was not the first to do so...

Claudette Colvin, a 15 year old girl, refused to move to the back of the bus, almost 9 months before Parks did.

Esther came before Betty – The famous Betty Boop character was modeled after a Harlem jazz singer, Esther Jones.

Satchel Paige was baseballs first black hall-of-famer - Pitcher Satchel Paige was the first black player to be inducted into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame.

There were black senators in the 19th century – The first black U.S. Senator took office in 1870, his name was Hiram Revels.

What is the best way to observe Black History Month? Read and do some research! Read about what events are occurring in your local community and how they are recognizing black history. Research past events that have made a change in our Nation and how we can use these now.

Checkout Masons Black and African Heritage Month calendar here.

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