Black History Month began in 1915, 50 years after the abolishment of slavery. It started out as Negro History week in 1926, which eventually became Black History Month.
The month focuses on remembering the achievements of African Americans and looking at the future of African-American culture. It has been 100 years since the process that became Black History month started.
“In a 100 years, we have progressed a lot. That we’re more conscious. We work for what we want,” senior Marquis Houston said.
“(It’s) good that we have it,” senior Wes Ragland said. During February, some look at black history and discuss the accomplishments of African-Americans.
“I don’t think things that are discussed during this month should be thrown out,”said Ragland.
Sometimes people express themselves through music, poetry and other means.
“Jazz, hymns, hip-hop, poetry and soul,” sophomore Hamise Askew said to describe just some of the music that should be incorporated into this month.
“Things that are created by the African-American people,” Askew added.
The history club is incorporating a new type of assembly this year by visiting some history classrooms and doing a powerpoint. Four students per group will work with the history club along with four SAA students.
The students were taught about subjects such as Brown verses Board of Education and The Little Rock Nine Students.