Celebrating Black History and Women’s History Months

Black History Month:

Black History Month was celebrated across the United States this February. Since it became a national holiday in the 1970s, Black History Month has had a different theme each year which emphasizes a certain aspect of black history that is too often overlooked; 2019’s theme was Black Migrations, according to the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH).

Harvard-Westlake’s (HW) Black Leadership and Culture Club (BLACC) honored the contributions of African Americans to U.S. history by including information about several influential figures in black history in the daily bulletin throughout the month. BLACC also arranged for U.S. Olympic Medalist Ibtihaj Muhammad to speak about her accomplishments during a special assembly. Feb. 25.

Women’s History Month:

March marks Women’s History Month, a holiday meant to empower and celebrate women. History textbooks are generally dominated by male figures, but this month is about recognizing the role of women in history.

The month isn’t over yet, so here are some ways to celebrate: First, thank a woman who has inspired you in some way. This can be anything from a handwritten letter to a simple “thank you.” Second, attend a march or protest. It’s a great way to find one’s voice and making a change in the world can be very empowering. Finally, take time to learn about the amazing things women have done in history. Some ways to do that are to watch a documentary or read an article about an inspiring woman.