There are breathtaking moments in history. When Dr. Martin Luther King said, “I Have a Dream,” an entire generation applauded and was inspired by his famous speech. When Rosa Parks, a seamstress, refused to give up her seat at the front of the bus, she changed the course of history and became an activist in the civil rights movement. When Barack Obama became the first African-American President of the United States in 2008, Americans believed in the motto, “Yes we can.” These are just some of the examples that define Black History Month.
Cynthia DeSouza, who is a sponsor of IHS Development, has organized a special program for Black History Month. On February 19, 2013, from 6 pm to 8 pm at the Stanley Bergen Building, which is located at 65 Bergen Street in Newark, members of various organizations, including Beyond The Eyes, will gather together to remember the great leaders of Black History Month. DeSouza said that there will be many activities, suitable for all age groups, to remember historical figures of the civil rights movement. She said that the event will include short films, discussions, poetry, music and quizzes.
“We want everyone to be reminded of the price people paid for our freedom,” DeSouza said. “It is very important to discuss Black History Month and how it impacts us.”
According to DeSouza , the story of African-Americans in America is not just about overcoming slavers, but it is the account of great leaders who have had a profound impact on our society. She believes that Dr. King’s dream was to make all people count in society regardless of a physical or mental disability.
“There is always something you can do to give back to society,” she said. “We should encourage people of all races to be a part of our great history and inspire them to offer something as well.”
DeSouza said that the theme for this year’s event will be, “Where do we go from here?” She believes that part of Dr. King’s dream has come true, but we still have a long way to go.