Black History or American History?

February is Black History Month, but what does that really mean? To some it may mean getting a Monday off of school, but to many it is so much more. Read what the Globe University-La Crosse community has to say…

Community

Black history month is celebrating the uniting of different cultures and different races to make an attempt to become one as a community. Business Administration student Gloria Nichols

Black History Month, Globe University

Martin Luther King, Jr., obtained from the Library of Congress.

Leadership

Black history is a time for me to reflect back to a time when true heroes walked among us.  People of all color were willing to go to jail, or get beaten to fight injustice and stand up for what they believed in.  The spirit they carried, and the guts to do what was right helped pave the way for Americans of African descent.  I truly hope that their sacrifices will never be forgotten, and I hope the spirit and pride to do the right thing will still thrive among the masses. Criminal Justice student Ramon Moses

Honoring

Black History Month is recognizing and honoring the many very important black people in history that have contributed so much to our world. Many have been leaders, inventors and soldiers for our society. It is in this month that we remember them and reflect on that memory of how important they have been. —Information Technology student John Kennedy

Education

Black History month shows a great deal of respect for the African Americans that have helped shape the U.S. into what it is today.  However, it is sad to have only a month dedicated to black history. As said by Morgan Freeman, “I don’t want a black history month. Black history is American history.” Wiser words could not have been said. For the United States to grow, everyone needs to accept each other and that means learning from history.  Obama, the first black president, marks a HUGE milestone for African American people in the United States. It makes me a truly proud citizen of the United States. —Information Technology student Cody Hodge

Celebration

It gives me great pride and joy to play a part in a national celebration of a people whose gifts to our nation have historically been overlooked. This month provides all of us with the opportunity to acknowledge the fact that the USA basks in the glory of the multicolored hands that helped build it.  When I witness the celebrations that are occurring and read about the tribulations of my forebears, I am humbled, grateful, and proud to be counted among them. —Dean of Faculty, Sean Parker

 What does Black History Month mean to you?

This post was written by Jodie Liedke. Liedke, a true Wisconsinite, having labored four summers in a mozzarella factory, received her BA from Lakeland College and her Masters in Fine Arts from Wichita State University in Kansas.  Liedke is the General Education and Service-Learning Coordinator, a Creative Quill and Writing Across the Curriculum lead, and the advisor/instructor for GLUWW (Globe La Crosse Writers Write). When not writing creatively, Liedke enjoys watching films, exploring the outdoors, and biking.