As we look back on Black History Month, I am reminded of the unrelenting and altruistic efforts of Black pioneers who greatly contributed to the success of the world today. For centuries, the achievements, successes, and stories of people of color were muted and cast aside as insignificant to American history and progress.
Today, millions are aware of the many contributions given to our world by people of color, such as the gas mask, traffic light and blood bank technologies. This widespread awareness would not be possible without the advocacy and relentless efforts of American heroes like Carter G. Woodson. An American visionary, Woodson saw the value in sharing the story of the black struggle, while simultaneously highlighting black achievement and success in the face of such hardships and adversity.
While 2013 may be the year that we commemorate the150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 50th anniversary for the March on Washington, this year should also be a time that we rededicate ourselves to the call of justice that social entrepreneurs such as Frederick Douglass, Dorothy Height, and Martin Luther King Jr. devoted their lives to.
Celebrating black achievement without also building upon the progress of American heroes that came before us is irresponsible and dis honors their many sacrifices. We should not only celebrate black history, but move from this moment and make history that ensures America fulfills its promise of justice and liberty for all.
So every day we wake, we should continue to bend the arc of the moral universe towards justice and ensure that tomorrow is better because of the actions we took today.