It is a time to honor the thousands of people who sacrificed so much, so that the thousands of African/African-Americans today can live their lives.

Participants, some carrying American flags, marching in the civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965) (Courtesy of U. S. Library of Congress)

Dominic Cokely / Guest Columnist

February is Black History Month:  a time to celebrate all forms of African/African-American culture. It is a time to honor the thousands of people who sacrificed so much, so that the thousands of African/African-Americans today can live their lives.

Black History Month is also a time to celebrate the people who are doing great things for the African/African-American community today – everyone from celebrities and teachers, to artists and community service workers. No matter how big or small the support or contribution is, no act of love or giving goes unnoticed.

As an African-American I take pride in who I am and who I represent. Living in America and being African-American is not easy, and comes with many obstacles and challenges. I believe that in a way that has made us stronger as a community.  And with all the injustices that African-Americans have encountered over the past couple of years, to see a society of people be there for each other – and help one other in their time of need – is a beautiful thing to witness.

Black History Month is more than just black history, it’s bigger than just African-Americans, and it’s more than just a 28-day month. Black history is in effect every day of the year, and it writes itself daily. It’s all about love and respect within the community – not just African-American communities, but other communities as well. That is what Black History Month means to me, not just love and appreciation for my community, but for others too.

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