Black History Month Essay Contest
To celebrate Black History Month, the New Orleans Pelicans have sponsored a Black History Month essay contest in which students explain the significance of it and what Black History Month means to them.
Winners will be rewarded with a bevy of great prizes, such as Pelicans basketball tickets, on court recognition, pregame meet and greet with a Pelicans player, prize packs, and much more! Our fifth graders submitted amazing entries that highlight their research and writing skills. Check out five of our top entries, and good luck fifth graders!
By: Angela Lee
Black History Month is an important time to celebrate and to thank those African American for giving us hope or a life lesson that can be applied in our current culture. We celebrate Black History Month because the precursor to Black History Month was created in 1926 in the United States, when Historian Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the study of Negro life and History Announced the second week of February to be “Negro History week.’’ Black History Month is celebrated in February because it began as “Negro History Week,” a label applied by Historian Carter G. Woodson in 1926. Woodson chose that week specifically because it covered the Birthdays of Frederick Douglass (February 14) and Abraham Lincoln (February 12). I learned that during Black History Month, students have the opportunity to further study influential African Americans who made advances in Mathematics, Science and America History because it is important. Black History focuses on the contribution that African Americans made in the past and continue to make now and in the future, therefore, we must continue to learn and celebrate these influential African Americans in schools and communities throughout the world.
Black History Essay By: Angelina Monroy
To me black history month is an example of hard work to reach our goals and a time to learn about accomplishments made by African Americans throughout history, even though they have had to face unfavorable situations. In 1976 President Gerald Ford officially recognized black history month, but it origins start from 1915, half a century after the Thirteen Amendments abolished slavery in the USA.
Black history month is a great time for the celebration and remembrance of great African American personalities who have used their special talents to help the greatness of America grow, like Marin Delany, who was the first African American field officer in the US army. Sojourner Truth was an abolitionist and gave the speech “Ain’t I a Woman?” Rosa Parks was instrumental in the US civil rights movement of the 1950’s and 1960’s. Martin Luther King was also a crucial figure in the civil rights movement and all the world knows his “I Have a Dream “speech. Most recently, Barack Obama was the first US president of African American origin and he was awarded the Noble Peace prize in 2009. These are only a few of the influential black Americans who worked toward civil rights and equality.
President Gerald Ford said that school children should at least be exposed to black history and celebrate the accomplishments of these influential people. I agree with that statement because black African American people fought for their freedom, rights, and peace which inspires us to fight for what we know is right.
I think that to create history in my community I can first of all show respect for other people, treat everyone fairly and kindly, share my knowledge and skills, and help people who really need it.
Another way to help my community is by lending a helping hand by picking up trash along the streets on weekends, recycling, and holding reading book clubs for kids who struggle with reading. Also promoting culture and working hard to achieve my goals, I have a better position not just to help my community but the entire country. That is also why I want to be the first Hispanic female president of the United States of America who will serve the American community and ensure equality, fairness, and a sense of community for all.
By Armoni Toler
Black History Month to me is when you celebrate all the black influential Americans like Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, Barack Obama, Malcom X, and Oprah Winfrey.
Martin Luther King had a dream that all people on day would be equal. It led to people starting to march around the world for equality. Today we are all able to achieve the same equality and fair treatment in our communities. He was and still is a person everyone respects. He was a huge advocate for black people and his dream changed the world.
Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat, which led to people of color choosing to sit in the front of the bus. Rosa Parks showed that people, no matter their race, they matter. Her one gesture that day on the bus made her an advocate for civil rights. Because she stood up for her rights, it helped make a change in the world.
Barack Obama became our very first Black president. It was a moment in history. It was part of the dream Martin Luther King was marching for all along. It changed the world that day. He helped people receive health care and jobs while creating a fair country for all. The Affordable Health Care Act helped low income families afford health care. He made jobs available for so many people. He will be known as one of the greatest president in history.
Malcom X was an African American minister. He was also a human right activist. He marched on side of Martin Luther King. Malcom X was a courageous advocate for black Americans and their rights. He has been called one of the greatest and most influential African Americans in history. He worked for black Americans and their rights to live free.
Oprah Winfrey did so many things in life. She was able to tell girls/boys that they can achieve anything. Oprah showed people how to have confidence in themselves. She also helped people by saying you don’t have to be a certain gender or race to do something. She encouraged a lot of people and showed our society how they can accomplish everything in their life. She is a huge role model, TV personality, talk show host and business woman. It is my hope that I can strive for greatness in my community and follow in the footsteps of these great black Americans. I will do public speaking about civil rights, help all people in need, and be a role model in my community with my actions of serving others.
By: Melat Molla, “Black History Month/My Opinion And My Community History” Black History month means a celebration of all the black influential people in America’s history. The first “version” of black history celebration was Negro History Week, which started in 1926 and was created by African American Carter G. Woodson, which soon became a month-long celebration. The first thing you are likely going to think of when you hear Black History Month would probably be black Americans who did something great or important. One of the best known men who wanted everyone, including black people, to have equal rights was Martin Luther King Jr. He now has a day just for him for all the great things he has done and his motivational speech, “I Have a Dream.” Another famous black American is basketball player Lebron James who motivates young kids to work towards their goals and never give up. A little earlier in Dr. King’s time, some people did not give black Americans decent job or a chance or help their community because of race. During “Black History Month” we remember all those who fought for equal rights peacefully, what they did for our community, and what they did to make all people’s lives fairer. I like that some black people worked for equal rights together and succeeded in life by achieving their goals. A way that you can make history in your community could be to simply be being that one kind and generous person that almost everyone loves. That is the simplest way to get yourself respected, and if your community needs a helping hand, do what you can to help. A lot of people don’t realize you can do a small act of kindness and you don’t have to give a $1,000,000,000 to a family. You can be just kind and the best part is that some people will see you as a role model. Being a role model in your community is an honor. A community that you help can also make you feel proud of yourself. Let’s say a park is FULL OF TRASH. If everyone in that community picked up one piece of trash per day, the park would likely be clean around a month. That small effort to throw away one piece of trash has a spotless result at the end. They used a small amount of effort, and it can take that long to make a difference. The topic community connects to the Black History Month topic, because black Americans helped the global community and did great deeds, which currently affect how people think and how we live. Barack Obama was the first black president and he affected those who needed health care and assistance. In conclusion, black History Month is important for me because it’s all about the history and making sure people are treated fairly and equally. You can create history in your community simply by taking an active role in helping your community. So what are you waiting for?
Hunter Bushnell, 5th grade
Embracing Black History
Have you ever thought about why our society celebrates the accomplishment of African Americans? Our country has chosen to pay tribute to influential African Americans during the month of February. A gentleman by the name of Carter G. Woodson, is responsible for implementing recognition of these legendary people. February was chosen as the month because Abraham Lincoln and Fredrick Douglas’ birthdays fall within this month. These two iconic people played a huge role in the lives of black Americans. Black History, for me, is about celebrating and remembering African Americans who helped bring equal rights for black people. For me, there are two people who help me understand Black History month. They are Martin Luther King Jr. and Abraham Lincoln. Both of these men inspire me to be respectful and accepting of peoples’ heritage and cultures.
Martin Luther King Jr. was born on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia. His parents were Martin Luther King Sr. and Alberta Williams King. Martin Luther King was an American Baptist minister and Civil Rights leader and spokesman. He strongly believed in fighting against racial inequality through nonviolent and peaceful movements. Mr. King won many awards for his efforts. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, Presidential Medal of Freedom, and Congressional Gold Medal. His most memorable speech, I Have a Dream, was delivered at the March on Washington in 1963. However, not everyone shared the same vision of equality as Mr. King. He was arrested thirty times and had his house bombed. Sadly, in 1968, James Earl Ray assassinated Martin Luther King at the Lorraine Motel. His death was followed by violent riots.
Abraham Lincoln, our sixteenth President, also played an important role in the advancement of African Americans. He opposed slavery and wanted to stop it from growing into any new territories. President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation which stated for all slaves to be forever free. Similar to MLK, not everyone shared in his belief of freeing black people. Sadly, his belief in freeing slaves ultimately lead to his assassination in the theater by John Wilkes Booth.
What can I do to help bring awareness to Black History Month? First, I can visit my school and local public library and read about different influential Black Americans. When I finish reading, I can share my knowledge with my classmates and encourage them to learn about these remarkable people too. My school has a very diverse population, so because of this, I can discuss with my classmates about their different cultures. Luckily for me, I live in a city that is a unique and rich blend of culture. As a family, we can visit our local museums and educate ourselves about the city’s rich history and influential African Americans. I can create history within my community by educating myself and others about influential Black Americans and I can stand up against inequality towards anyone being discriminated against.