February 13, 2017
Written by Katrina Hightower
Katrina Hightower is a UWM Student studying Information Technology. One of her passions is uncovering stories of Black American history, such as the one she shares below. Hear more about Katrina’s experience finding a career through IT United’s career fair on our Living Local podcast.
It’s Black History Month, the time where America takes twenty eight days to recognize the accomplishments of Black Americans.
Every year we hear about the same Black American icons: Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Frederick Douglass, and Harriet Tubman. The accomplishments of these noble men and women, who fought in their unique ways for the rights of Black Americans, can never be diminished or underestimated. However, why is it that we only hear of a handful of individuals when there are thousands that helped developed America to what it is today? Where are these stories in the history books? How do we study the history of these brave men and women who fought oppression and racism to live, work, and love in a society that did not want them? February may be the month to recognize Black History, but twenty-eight days is not enough to honor the thousands of contributions and sacrifices by Black Americans who fought for the equality and freedoms of all men and women in America.