Though February and Black History Month have come to a close, South students continue to talk about the challenges that African Americans and all people of color have and continue to face in this country.
“I think Black History Month is incredibly important because it is one of the only times during the year in which black history is celebrated,” Miles Pendleton the leader of the Eugene youth NAACP chapter said.
In 1926, the second week of February (which contains both the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglas) was designated as Black History Week. Since then, it has grown in size and importance.
“The best way to celebrate black history is to acknowledge and respect the fact it exists. People don’t realize it, but at least for me and the other black students I’ve talked to, it’s really hard walking down the hall and seeing no one who looks like you,” Pendleton said.
Pendleton encouraged students to take the time to learn about the culture and history of minorities in this country because there is much to learn and it is often glossed over in our curriculum. Pendleton also said to look for events both the NAACP and SEHS student unions are putting on later this month.