What African-American History Month means to teens

 Times-News correspondents

February is African-American History Month — a chance to honor African-Americans and their struggle for equality. The Teens & Twenties writers share what the month has meant to them:

African-American History Month is here to help us all appreciate and remember African-American history. Some of that history is not easy, but it is full of hope and inspiration.

All around our school, I see small ways of people celebrating and learning about it. Through posters or projects or just small topics of conversation, it’s spreading. And that is fascinating to me.

Braxton Rickert, senior, River Mill Academy

To me, African-American History Month is a reminder of the horrible injustice that can take place when bias, prejudice and inequality run rampant in society.

However, on a lighter note, African-American History Month is also a reminder of what people can accomplish when they put their minds to it. It takes courage to protest, but civil rights activists proved that it is possible to stand up for what you believe in and change the world for the better.

Kendall Wiggins, sophomore, Western Alamance High School

American history has been shaped by people of all races. It’s important that we acknowledge African-American history, because it is deeply rooted in American history. If we deny it, we leave out a part of what America is and has become. 

 Rachel Anne Spencer, home-schooled junior

African-American History Month reminds us of people who have contributed to American history in many important ways. It’s important that we learn about all history, so that we can prepare for a better future.

Kari Spencer, home-schooled freshman 

 It symbolizes that blacks are free instead of being slaves.

 Kyra Kudron,  freshman, River Mill Academy

While there is nothing wrong with promoting justice and fairness, African-American History Month only segregates peoples further than before.

By letting it showcase a group of people solely for their skin color rather than individual character and accomplishments, it only leads to a path of reverse racism no better than the racism in the past.

 Sam Diezel, home-schooled junior


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