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Why Black history month is important to me!

Black history is defined as an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. Its annual themes curate activities to educate, celebrate, and recognize Black men and women. However, there is more to Black History Month than celebrations or activities; to me, it's an opportunity to be proud of the rich history left behind by my grandparents, ancestors, and folks I will only learn about. It's an opportunity to sing James Brown, "Say It Loud - I'm black and I'm proud," without being looked at in a strange way. It's a time to embrace the me that many others don't see because they only care about the surface (what they can see).

Black History Month is important to me because I am able to learn more and embrace the Black culture - my culture, the culture I am a part of. I have the opportunity to know who I am as a Black woman while listening to and watching many documentaries on the story and culture of Black people; attending events, and having access to resources that aren't available throughout the year.

I encourage you to learn more, embrace the black culture, and share your knowledge with friends, family, and acquaintances. When we all can embrace each other's culture, it becomes a better world filled with peace, love, and understanding.

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