After taking a while to consider and ponder on what is my absolute take on Black History Month (BHM, for the sake of simplicity), I wanted to clarify a few things to some people who may not understand. BHM is a celebration of black excellence. BHM is not a depiction of the “beauty of bondage” that everyone seems to like talking about. BHM is the education of perseverance in humanity through the eyes of the ONCE oppressed. BHM is not a mere 28 days for people to impose their history on the majority of the ones listening. However, my opinion on BHM is this– black people should invest more time and resources in educating people around us to understand why this month is so important to us, especially as a collective group on the campus of TAMUK. Students must act independently of what the university dictates as black history. Additionally, there are many individuals that have made huge impacts for humanity, but they have yet to be discussed about. Take Surya Bonaly for example. She was called the “rebel” ice figure skater because of her ability to land a backflip on one blade on ice (the only female skater who ever TRIED it), her amazing athleticism doing stunning tricks, and her endurance throughout her career winning second during the 1991 Winter Olympics because she did not “look” like the ice princess that everyone expected. She made many records yet she has never been heard of to the current generation. The truth is that she inspired many ice figure skaters to do things they have always dreamed of. Now, she definitely sounds like someone I would want to learn more about! In conclusion, BHM is about educating all people on what blacks have done—for all people. This is not a time to seclude ourselves and celebrate on our own. We must have an altruistic attitude to educate all people to encourage unity in the society we live in (we definitely need it). So as this month continues to move on, educate someone or learn from someone about how black people rocked the nation of America and the world!