Blood and Tears of Black American History
Black History Month originated in the United States and is also known as African-American History Month. The U.S. and Canadian governments first recognized the festival, and in recent years, the United Kingdom, Germany, Ireland, France and Africa have gradually recognised Black History Month in their own countries in different months. The observance originated in 1926 with the establishment of Black History Week in the United States to honor the contributions and achievements of African-Americans in American history.
In the United States, Black History Month includes a series of events at universities, schools, museums, and other locations throughout the country. Each year, the holiday is celebrated with a specific theme, and the theme for 2023 focuses on the importance of Black resistance. African Americans have resisted all forms of oppression that have persisted throughout history. Most African American ancestors were kidnapped from West Africa in the 17th and 18th centuries and brought to the United States to be forced into slavery.
Late Night Encounters with African-Americans
One of the most memorable encounters was with an African-American man at the airport when I first arrived. After a long flight of over 20 hours, I arrived at the airport with a tired body and two heavy luggages. The unfamiliar surroundings also made me feel anxious. I was twenty-two years old and I was alone in the United States for the first time. I had two large and heavy bags with me and planned to stay for more than six months. I was thirsty and bought a bottle of water, but I couldn’t see how much money I would get back, I put the change back in my pocket. I was in a hurry to get to the hotel at the airport late at night.