Every year in February the Nation celebrates Black History Month, the month is marked by celebrations and special ceremonies honoring the contributions of African-Americans. On Wednesday, February 27, 2013, President Obama, Congressional leaders, and family members were present at a dedication ceremony for Rosa Parks. The actions of Rosa Parks were one of the catalysts for desegregation because of her refusal to give up her seat on a segregated bus in Alabama in 1955. Today’s ceremony honored Rosa Parks with a life-size statue in the U.S. Capitol. Rosa Parks is the first African-American woman to receive this honor.
As February comes to an end we should be reminded that Black History is not just a month out of the year. African-Americans have contributed just as much to this great Nation as their counterparts and those contributions have been some of the most important and groundbreaking advancements in American history. As this month comes to a close we should remember that Black History is American History, it’s not just a month we celebrate.