February, the month of celebrating historical achievements of African Americans, who have exerted the core principles of Carter G. Woodson’s belief that brilliance, extraordinary talents and courage to stand for a cause, represents not only African American History but, the interwoven struggles of American history.
This month has provided us with historical reflections of achievements driven by the human spirit, of individuals who not only possessed unyielding courage and determination to face social barriers designed to extinguish the strength of such spirit. Americans have been handed a historical timeline of gold that has provided us with a deeper understanding of the conditions in which doors of opportunities today, were opened due to African American men and women, willing to step through first. Members of the younger generation have been granted the opportunity to review complete historical accounts, blueprints of the paths in which we each relish in presently. As we celebrated the remarkable contributions of our historical figures throughout the month, the spirit of “Carter G. Woodson’s” symbolic ceremonial recognition continues to be validated by new history makers in the field of entertainment, fashion and film.
In the spirit of Ms. Hattie McDaniel, who in “1940” became the first African American actress to be honored with an Academy Award, for her supporting role in the all famous “Gone with the Wind”. February 24, 2013; the flame continued on with Quvenzahne Wallis becoming the youngest Oscar nominee, for Best Actress in the film, “Beasts of the Southern Wild”.
Ms. Marian Anderson (1897-1993), was the first African American contralto, on April 9, 1939; to perform in concert at the Lincoln Memorial. Super Bowl XLVII provided us with an opportunity to witness this continuous spirit, exhibited by Beyonce in one of the greatest performances ever.
On February 5, 2013, Mr. Sean “Diddy” Combs”; created technical history, by bestowing instagram followers with the first online fashion runway, introducing his own “Sean John” clothing line. American history continues.