February is Black History Month in the United States. It’s a time for remembrance and reflection, as the country is reminded of the discrimination African Americans have endured and the continuous struggle against the remnants of slavery, segregation and racial legacy. Black History is the perfect way to begin to understand the question of race in American society today. To help clarify this topic, and in no particular order, we'll be posting ten of the most influential African Americans in history throughout this month.
Rosa Parks is best known for refusing to move to the back of a bus after the driver demanded she give her seat to a white passenger. While not the first person to refuse to obey the segregation laws in the United States, Rosa Parks was labeled as the “Mother of the Freedom Movement” following her bold disobedience and subsequent arrest. Like MLK, Rosa Parks was from Montgomery, and she and King together made great strides in procuring basic human rights for African Americans across the country. (Information provided by America House) Millions visit the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, TN to get a glimpse of the birth and continued efforts of the civil rights movement.
Don't miss Marion Junior High School 7th Grade Experience will host the 3rd annual Black History Month Program called African Americans Moving from Hurt to Hope February 25th at 6p.m. in the cafeteria of the MJHS 7th Grade Experience building at 10 Patriot Drive in Marion. There will be a Black History classroom tour at 5p.m. in the halls before the program starts. Admission is free to both events.