My Black History Wish

Devine Robinson - Leap Young Ambassador
Monday 14th October 2019
When you type ‘black history month’ in your search engine, the first thing you see is the dates 1st October – 31st October, and you may also see this definition: ‘Black History month is and annual observance originating in the United States, where it is also known as African-American history month." data-share-imageurl="https://www.leapconfrontingconflict.org.uk/sites/default/files/field/image/Black-History-Month-2019_rotator_draft2_graphic.jpg">

When you type ‘black history month’ in your search engine, the first thing you see is the dates 1st October – 31st October, and you may also see this definition: ‘Black History month is and annual observance originating in the United States, where it is also known as African-American history month.’ To me, this is an understatement. This phrase does not define Black History Month. It does not give a deep or clear enough understanding of the event to someone with no knowledge of the tradition. 

If you asked me to define Black History Month, I’d say it is a time of rejoicing, celebrating and thanking previous African Americans for giving us hope. I'd say it’s a time where all black people can come together regardless of their background to celebrate their culture and the success of our ancestry and pass on the knowledge of our powerful history to the next generation.

Personally, I believe that this true meaning of Black History Month has been lost in modern society and buried by social media. Schools are not celebrating black history, and when they do, powerful values are lost because all that’s on the curriculum is focused on overcoming racial segregation alongside being freed from slavery. I can’t help but wonder why they don’t teach more about the topic and go into greater depth as they would when teaching the royal family’s history.

I hope that, in the near future, Black History Month will be as important as it was when I was young. I hope that future generations of black people get to learn about their true history and know that as a black community we come from so much more. Working together, we can be very powerful and inspirational.

Devine Robinson is a graduate from Leap’s Choice to Change programme and she is a member of the Youth Ambassador Panel for 2019/2020. Young ambassadors are integral to amplifying youth voice within the organisation and in Leap's external affairs work. If you would like to work with the panel, please email communications@leapcc.org.uk.

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