Black History Month highlights the fight against injustice


By Emily Dahl

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial is located in West Potomac Park next to the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

Zachary Jones, Staff Writer

American civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Black History Month takes place over the course of February and is intended to appreciate the achievements of African Americans, as well as acknowledge the fight for equality.

Not only is this month dedicated to recognizing the importance that African Americans had in our country’s history, but also to highlight the equality that the American people are believed to have.

Today, children are taught about events such as the Montgomery Bus Boycott, March on Washington and the Chicago Freedom Movement. Each of these are occasions that helped initiate social change during the civil rights movement. However, many wonder if racial inequality is still a problem.

The United States has dedicated a month to the history of overcoming a time period of inequality, yet many Americans continue to fight for justice. Throughout the mid 1950s, the Black community marched against laws separating them from the rest of society that created racial segregation and discrimination.

While progress has been made to unite the American people, the Black community still comes face-to-face with injustices such as racism and police brutality.

As racism continues through the use of slang, threats to freedom and the killing of unarmed African Americans; I wonder how many shirts, songs and marches it will take until we realize that enough is enough. It is claimed we were all created equal, yet we strive to find more ways to separate ourselves from one another.

The fight for equality continues in a land that has yet to see it. This leads to question if America has never seen greatness, then how can it be great again?

Not everyone in our country sees the extent of the issues we face, but how can we claim a just society when there are still acts of injustice occurring daily?