February marks the 36th year the United States will celebrate what has become known as Black History Month.
To the citizens of the United States, Black History Month is a time to celebrate the unifying of races within the country.
Most students at GRCC have never lived and experienced the days of prejudices but there was a time when men and women were judged solely on the color of their skin.
What drinking fountain you drank from and where you sat on the bus was determined simply by the color of your skin.
Times have changed and while it hasn’t been easy, different individuals have forced people to reconsider what they feel is right and moral.
Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr. were two who stood up for what was right and fought to give their children a better future than they themselves had.
As a student body, we are a diverse group of people who can stand united. We can stand united as one to continue to fight for equal rights.
Keep in mind that this is not simply a black and white issue. The rights of all people need to be fought for and the idea of breaking down the race barrier is something we all can work at.
Acceptance of all races and skin colors is the single most important issue in the world today and is something we all have a hand in.
The late Martin Luther King Jr. famously said, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”
King Jr. was speaking about his four children in a literal sense but today we can also interrupt his quote on a grander scale.
As a culture, we are closer to canceling out prejudices than we were fifty years ago but we still have a long way to go.
It is a dream of all parents that their children will be able to live in a time without prejudices, no matter the race.
Black History Month is 29 days this year. 29 days of remembering the struggles of the men and women in our past.
29 days is simply not enough. It’s nice that society wants to take a month to remember the past in order to make things better in the future but the challenge must be to continue to fight in March, April and the rest of the year.
Each and everyday, fight for the rights of all humans. Fight so that their children may live in a day where black, white and every other color looks the same and all have equal rights.