Cole Corner: Holidays, ‘months’ offer time to reflect, share the historic events of a lifetime
February 02, 2013 · Cathy Boggs
When we think about historic events that have happened in our lifetime, we have a different perspective from those who were not alive during that time. We sometimes forget that those who were not yet born don't have the personal history or inside story to remember or understand historical events in the same way.
Here at the library, we understand that history is continually being made and access to diverse histories and important events is critical.
To help us take time out of our busy lives to focus and remember historic events, various holidays and "months" have been established.
In 1976, President Gerald Ford officially recognized Black History Month. The 2013 theme for Black History Month is "At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality: The Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington."
I know that none of you reading this article were present when Abraham Lincoln decreed the Emancipation Proclamation, but many of you will remember the March on Washington - when more than 200,000 demonstrators walked for civil rights and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech.
I hope you will use your historic insider information and share it with someone you know who wasn't there and may not understand the importance that black history plays in our past and our future. We have many books on display for all ages, so you can explore the events you remember and the events you've only heard about.