Black History Month deserves our attention


“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” 

-Martin Luther King Jr. 

It’s Black History Month, a time to remember and honor the accomplishments and milestones of black Americans throughout history. It isn’t just about reflecting on the work of the big names — Jackie Robinson, Thurgood Marshall, Martin Luther King Jr. or Rosa Parks— but on everyone who made sacrifices to make this world a better place for all Americans.  

As we join the nation in this celebration, it’s important that we really know why we dedicate a month to this cause. 

The African-American presence in Cedar Park and Leander is quite small, smaller than the percentages of both Williamson and Travis Counties— but black Americans’ influence outweighs the numbers. 

Black history is American history and the importance of this history is sometimes deemphasized by those who are ashamed that our nation was once capable of the treachery of slavery. 

If you don’t know a lot about important contributions of black Americans in building our nation, now is the perfect time to learn. Although we often hear about the struggle of black Americans to overcome discrimination and prejudice, we sometimes forget to reflect on the amazing influence they have in our cities, communities and schools. 

Not sure how to observe Black History Month? We hope some of our readers attend Leander’s fourth annual Black History Month program this Friday. Special guest speaker Dr. Mark Clanton, MD, MPH and Chief Medical Officer of Accenture Operations will be speaking on the crisis in black education. The event is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at Hill Country Bible Church in Leander.