As we continue to honor Black History Month this February, we're excited to share with you a special message from our Dean, Dr. Robert Q. Berry, III. It is an honor to share his profound insights on what this month signifies to him and the importance of celebrating it within higher education.
“Those who have no record of what their forebears have accomplished lose the inspiration which comes from the teaching of biography and history.” Dr. Carter G. Woodson
Dr. Carter G. Woodson initiated Negro History Week in 1926 to coincide with the birthdays of two prominent figures in American history, Frederick Douglas and President Abraham Lincoln. This celebration has since been expanded to the entire month of February, known as Black History Month. I celebrate Black History and Excellence year-round and encourage others to do the same. Black History Month is a reminder to recognize and celebrate Black excellence and contributions. It provides a platform for awareness of the often-overlooked struggles of Black people who play a crucial role in shaping many communities. Promoting Black culture and history allows us to reflect on our shared histories and experiences, empowering and inspiring us to dream big like many of our Black role models. It also advocates for social justice, confronting systemic racism, and combating the ongoing struggle for racial inequities impacting the Black community. Black History Month reminds us to acknowledge that much of what we know of this country today, including its culture, economic growth, and development throughout history and across time, has been made possible by the labor of Black people.