Photo of the National Museum of African American History.
National Museum of African American History. Photo courtesy of Brook Ward via Flickr.

By Rita Sauls, Artist/Vendor

Black history should be recognized, always. Black people have given so many contributions to this life, this world, this country — many even gave their lives.

When people talk about Black History Month, I don’t think of February, I think about people: family and friends that are here with me now; and the ones that was here before me.

As a Black person, it is embedded within the family to represent yourself with very high values and stand up for those who can’t stand up for themselves.

So much of history is lost if you’re not the one writing it. But documenting the achievements of a particular people in turn documents the events of other people. This makes Black history relative to everyone.


By Reggie Jones, Artist/Vendor

The Black historical figures I look up to are Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. because they spoke their minds, shook things up, and helped people any way they could. This is what they stood for and what they were murdered over.

But the lesser known things should be remembered, too. I do have family members that went through slavery and racism. The struggles of my grandma’s grandfather, mother, and aunt, for instance, were passed down to me through family stories.

As different colored children having to attend different schools, they were teased for the color of their skin, which was very painful for them. It still is.

Black history is important year-round.