Two young students learn about Black History

Widen the Historical Lens Beyond February: Black Success is American History

Articles Feb 29, 2024

What if every month were Black History Month? February might be over, but why should the inspiring narratives of Black exceptionalism only be shared four weeks out of the year? I yearn for a time when the accomplishments of people from all underrepresented cultural groups are interwoven to create a more vivid picture of American History. 

When schools primarily teach history from a single perspective or viewpoint, many people grow up with the mistaken notion that only White men did important things. Setting aside cultural awareness or heritage months is important, but a variety of perspectives should be integrated in every history lesson. No single culture or group has a monopoly on success, and young people deserve to know the collective history of all Americans, not just the accomplishments of a select few. 

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Jackie Ferguson

Jackie (she/her) is a Certified Diversity Executive and vice president of Content and Programming for The Diversity Movement. She wrote the best-seller The Inclusive Language Handbook.