February 9, 2016
Written by Meghan Marsden Parsche
In February, we celebrate Black History Month, an annual salute to the important people and events in African American history. It’s also a time to reflect on the inequalities and injustices that still exist today. We asked members of our community what they think is important, and some of their answers may surprise you.
Judge Derek Mosley, Milwaukee Municipal Court Judge
“Black History month is a time to reflect on the many contributions of black people - contributions that have largely been ignored by our education system. We must recognize the fact that we have fought for this country from Bunker Hill to Afghanistan. That we have cured illnesses, established the blood bank, and invented products. Created musical forms like Jazz, Blues, Gospel, Rock & Roll, Hip Hop, and R&B. That we have and continue to shatter records in sports arenas around the globe and teach in some of the finest institutions on the planet.
It is a month to spark conversation so that all Americans can be proud of this rich American History that is Black History.”
Symone Russell, Carroll University student
“To me, black history month is an opportunity for people of color to learn about their ancestors' history and what it has taken for us to be where we are today. For individuals who aren't of color, it is a time for them to also learn the history of our country and how some people of oppression were once given proper justice.
Education about black history is important for everyone for the simple fact that it shows us Americans how much our country has changed, and can provide evidence that anything is possible and all things can be overcome.”
Maria Ramirez, Director of Pre-College Programs at Carroll University
“Black History Month is a reminder of the fact that we still have to have a particular month set aside in our country to celebrate Black History, and therefore a reminder of the work that we have yet to do to reach true racial equality in our community and nation.
Black History did not just span a short time frame in our national history, yet we only think to discuss it during one short month of the year. Black History Month reminds me that Black History is American History, and until it is incorporated into history textbooks and into our national narrative, we are not truly recognizing the history of our nation.”
Shannon Reed, financial stability Portfolio Manager, United Way
“It is a time for me to reflect on the history of my ancestors and thank them for the path they have laid. I am so in awe of what has been given to me and my family, and it’s my turn now to pass the invisible gavel to pass of that history to my family, my community and the young men and women of color I come in contact with.
I would not be in the position I’m in had it not been for Marcus Garvey, Harriet Tubman, Fannie Lou Hamer and Medgar Evers."
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About the Blogger
Meghan Marsden Parsche is a proud United Way supporter, stay at home mom to her three young children, and volunteer writer for UWGMWC.
Meghan enjoys telling the stories of the programs and people making a positive impact on our community.