Letting Freedom Ring

February is Black History month in the United States. And although the Bingo player celebrates the freedom of playing online in the comfort of their homes, freedom on another level has much more powerful meaning.

Black History Month or sometimes referred to as National African American History month is a celebration of the accomplishments made by black men and women and the full recognition of African Americans in the US. United Kingdom and Canada as well as other countries around the globe also devote one month to celebrating the black history.

Black history month dates back to the 1915 after the United States abolished slavery. February was chosen to commemorate Abraham Lincoln and Fredrick Douglass who were born in this month.

Extraordinary achievements cover a vast field including the great inventor George Washington Carver, activists like Malcom X and Rosa Parks and outstanding athletes such as Willie Mays and basketball great Michael Jordon. The entertainment industry includes Bessie Smith, Bill Cosby, Eddie Murphy and Oprah Winfrey to name just a few who have paved a rich legacy in the African culture of the United States.

And of course it can't go unnoticed during Black History Month without mentioning Martin Luther King Jr. Born in 1929 he was a leader in the African American Civil Rights Movement as well as a pastor, humanitarian and activist. His most famous speech 'I have a dream' gave King the reputation of one of the greatest orators in American history. In 1964 he won the Noble Peace Prize for combating racial inequality for nonviolence.

This annual observance is in remembrance of the important people and events that have taken place throughout history and recognizing great African Americans of today.

Black History Month has been a subject of debate regarding the month long dedication to one specific race. Actor Morgan Freeman criticized Black History Month by saying "I don't want a black history month. Black history is American history."

American people, American history indeed.

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