What does Black History Month mean to you? We asked, you answered

‘It has become a way of life’

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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We’ve been asking what Black History Month means to you.

We received a variety of answers, and thought we’d highlight some of the responses.

Thank you to EVERYONE who filled out the form. We appreciate your openness and insight.

There’s still time to weigh in, by the way, if you’d like to answer the question for yourself: Tell us -- What does Black History Month mean to you? Did you talk about it, growing up? Did you attend events? We want to hear, in your words, about your experience. Take a minute, if you’re so inclined, to fill out the link.

The following responses have been edited for length and/or clarity.

“Black history becomes a reminder of what we developed throughout our lives. Black men and women invented a lot of items that we use today. To learn where we came from serves a purpose to inform, educate the masses and bring understanding to our young men and women that you are able to do anything you desire! I am glad that we are able to be reminded every day or year that you are great, and we are able to overcome, succeed, create and build young Black men and women to stand up and be excited for their lives! Martin, Malcolm, Rosa, Douglass, and many more defeated the limits and we are here today taking the baton to further the progress.”

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