A New Meaning for Black History Month

By: Carmen Stephens

CHATTANOOGA (UTC) — For many, Black History month is a time when you simply write an essay and make a presentation on an influential member of the civil rights movement or from Black History. Others sing Negro spirituals, and some treat it like another month of the year.  However, now that a African American is president, people seem to take more pride in the price that was paid for our freedom. 


The dreamer.

The dreamer.

Martin Luther King Jr. would be thrilled at the progress that has been made thus far. Nearly 46 years ago, he spoke the words,


“One day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed.  We hold these truths to be self evident that all men are created equal….Little black boys and girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and girls as sisters and brothers. I have a dream today.”  

Today not only have people come together as brothers and sisters but we have the first African American President.

Some may feel that over the years the dream has been forgotten or delayed.  Some may even feel that Black History month has somewhat lost its impact.  Cathrine McElhinny said “It’s not more important but since the recent inauguration, it has made people more involved and pay more attention.”   Black voices.com has interactive section on their website that allows visitors to quiz themselves, view galleries and gain knowledge on new information. 

Rap icon MC Lyte recently gave her opinions on the new president and its effect on the community.  She said, “all the excuses are out the window.” 


There is no reason why we as a people can’t succeed.  Anything can be as long as the time and effort are put forth.


Results of a dream come true.

Results of a dream come true.

The phrase “anything is possible” is more believable and in arm’s reach now more than ever.  In my personal opinion, I feel that Black History has allowed those individuals who were always told that they wouldn’t make it or they couldn’t make it because of ethnicity now believe that they can be anything. Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, and many others; this is what they and all of our forefathers fought and died for. And just as our President stated, “we are the keepers of this legacy.” Their legacy must live through us.


So what exactly does having a Black President mean?  Well, it means hard work and daring to be different pays off.   It means that dreams really can come true.

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