African Heritage Month, Black History Month, or African History Month?
February is known by several names: African Heritage Month, Black History Month, and African History Month, among others. It’s okay that names change.
After all, when the African-American historian Carter G. Woodson who created “Negro History Week” back in 1926 to serve people of African descent in the USA, he didn’t know how much his own country would change.
He also didn’t guess how Africans around the world (now around 1.3 billion people), especially in the Americas, would chose to celebrate the splendour of their ancient civilizations, the brilliance of their invention and industry, and the heroism of their contemporary victories for justice.
So now Woodson’s week is a full month, but whatever you call it, it’s a great time to check amazing movies, documentaries, novels, nonfiction books, paintings, cuisines, fashion, medicine, science, technology, architectures, video games, and more that people of African descent (one-seventh of humanity) have created and are creating today.
When we get excited about the excellence of all branches of the human family, that’s when we can create genuine solidarity. And solidarity is how we make justice.