It is an arguable assertion but not one to which we subscribe.
Black History Month goes far beyond the observance of the color of skin of a man or woman.
Black History Month is a celebration of the human race.
Black History Month is a tribute to contribution.
Black History Month is a sensitive portrayal of family, love and tolerance.
Black History Month is a voyage whose winding road leads its travelers to a place of understanding.
Black History Month is a realistic view of America as seen through idealistic eyes.
Black History Month is empathy.
Black History Month is sympathy.
Black History Month is people honoring the value of other people.
Black History Month is awareness founded on the strength of knowledge.
Black History Month is diversity.
Black History Month is pride.
Black History Month is healing.
Black History Month is appreciation.
Black History Month is taking the lessons learned from yesterday and applying them to life today in the hope of opening doors of enlightenment tomorrow.
In our Cleveland and Bradley County hometown, Black History Month is being observed throughout February in multiple venues.
One such celebration comes Thursday, Feb. 10 in Dixon Center on the Lee University campus. At 6 p.m., the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Dream Keeper Award Ceremony will honor area youth who have given their time, talent and energy to providing invaluable services to the community. The Rev. Vincent Jackson, program manager for First Helping Street Outreach at D.C. Central Kitchen in Washington, D.C., will deliver the keynote address.
Another observance is the Annual MLK Community Breakfast set for Saturday, Feb. 12, in the Cleveland State Community College Foundation Room. The event kicks off at 9 a.m. and will feature a keynote address by Ronald Harris, a corporate diversity representative at BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee.
On a much smaller scale — but one no less important — is the 101st birthday celebration Saturday for Ed Johnson, Bradley County’s oldest African-American male and a centenarian who is a treasure trove of memories. A birthday party for this walking history book will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Golden Corral restaurant. This festive Dutch-treat dinner is hosted by Johnson’s children.
Our newspaper will publish a variety of news articles, features, personal columns and editorials in tribute to this heartwarming period throughout February.
Black History Month is not about doubt nor does it undermine our collective American history.
Black History Month is about tribute.
A tribute to people.
A tribute to hope.
A tribute to life.
We urge all to join in this celebration of a dream.