Editorial: Black history does not end in February, celebrate yearlong

Staff Editorial

As Black History Month comes to an end this weekend, we must remember that it is not time to stop celebrating the accomplisments and work of the Black community in our society.

February should not be the only time we acknowledge all of the ways Black individuals in this country have left their mark.

More importantly, though, is that we do not wash away all of the pain and suffering the Black community has experienced with feel-good stories of Black people breaking down those barriers and making a name for themselves.

While it is incredibly important to lift up those stories of triumph, doing so while drowning out the stories of struggle is doing a disservice to the Black community and others.

As a mostly white campus and a mostly white Editorial Board, it is easy for us to celebrate those good stories and not put too much thought into the bad ones, but we cannot continue the cycle of ignoring all of the ways our society has failed the Black people in our country. We cannot continue to allow that cycle to harm our Black colleagues, friends and family members.

This Black History Month, following the biggest movement for Black people since the Civil Rights Movement, do not let the energy die. Keep fighting, keep learning, keep going.

Keep being an activist, buy from Black-owned businesses, do your part in continuing to learn about Black history.

We at The Daily Eastern News challenge you to learn something new about Black history every day. Whether that means reading a book by a Black author, listening to music from an artist you’ve never listened to before or just researching Eastern’s first Black Homecoming Queen.

Her name is Diane Williams and she won in 1973 before being stripped of her title due to unfounded “campaign violations” and the university decided to not have a Homecoming Queen for the 1973 Homecoming.