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What is Black History Month?

What is Black History Month is an original poem written by Dr. Tonya Davis, a professor at The Family Institute at Northwestern University.

What is Black History Month

Dr. Tonya Davis

Image inspired by More Than a Month Documentary and Morton Grove Public Library

Let me start by saying, before we go too far,

Black History Month is not just a month that explains who a few prominent Black people are!

It’s about recognizing and paying respect,

To all those who worked hard and demanded a check.

It’s about people who sacrificed or risked their lives,

So that their children, you and I would not have to worry about emotional debt.

It’s a time when we ponder, from that whence we have come,

And where it is we are trying to go, before we have even begun.

So what is Black history month? It’s a month that lasts a year,

It’s a yearlong month to reflect on and cherish, those we hold so dear.

It’s a month that lasts a year because some of us need more time to reflect,

A lot longer than the 28 days the calen