What Does Black History Month Mean to You?

February 23, 2018

February is Black History Month, a time to remember, recognize, and honor African Americans for playing a pivotal role in the history of the United States. To celebrate this month, we are asking leaders from around America this one question.

What Do You Wish Kids Knew About Black History Month?

To answer this question, we have two reporters from Bay Area News Station Kron4! First up is Philippe Djegal, a reporter for the news station.

Philippe’s response?

“This February, what I’d like kids to know about Black History Month is that it’s a time to celebrate the tremendous stories that helped shape America’s foundation and the success story our country is today. The contributions average people made were significant by going above and beyond, showing strength, and being determined. When I was in elementary school, I remember reading about and writing a report on George Washington Carver. I was confused at first because I mixed him up with the first president. I was fascinated to learn that someone who looked like me was responsible for everything peanuts. And over time, the more I’ve seen people who look like me do special things, I’m inspired to always expect the best from myself because I know there’s a kid out there who may see me and think they look like me too, and I want that kid to know they can do anything they want, as long as they work hard. The proof is in all of the special people we celebrate during Black History Month.”

Stanley Roberts, KRON4

Stanley is a video reporter at Kron4. What did he have to say?

I wish that during Black History Month, kids knew that there are a lot of inventions created by African Americans.

After witnessing an accident between an automobile and a horse-drawn carriage in 1922, a man by the name of Garrett Morgan (who, by the way, was also the only African American in Cleveland to own an automobile) came up with the idea for a traffic light and had it patented in1923.

Ironically, I work as a television news reporter and I produce a news segment called “People Behaving Badly,” where I often focus on bad drivers who run traffic lights. Most people are not aware of this fact.”