The month is already over and we rolled into March. I wanted to know how do African Americans feel about the month and how it should be celebrated. Ryan Blackwell, staff photographer at Public Opinion helped me in asking these simple yet broad questions about the month and the skin color. Eight individuals from Chambersburg, Pennsylvania answered the questions with ranges of age groups.
I had a day dream, it was about how ridiculous it would be to go up to someone to say, “Happy Black History Month!” We celebrate all other holidays. What makes Black History month so special?
According to Wiki, Black History Month was first was created in 1926 by Carter Woodson and the Association for the Study of Nero Life and History. It was known to be “Nero History Week.”
Working at the Public Opinion for this project gave me a different perspectives on journalism. I had great answers and also thoughtful ones. What also surprise me that many wish it should be American History.
After one of my interviews, a woman asked what was my ethnicity. She said, “I remember back in college, an asian woman stood up for Multicultural Day and siad ‘I am not Chinese, I am Japanese!’ do you get that?” I answered and smiled, “When I was at Ohio University, people thought I was Chinese or Japanese.” We laughed and made a connection from that statement. Our gaps of experiences were at least 20 years different, and yet these feelings are the same. What makes people believe we have changed? A lot or a little?