Speak Out: How do you celebrate Black History Month?

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February is Black History Month so we asked Pittsburghers what their plans are. Here’s what you said:

“I am not doing anything for Black History Month because I don’t know what’s going on. If I knew of different things then I would probably do them.”
Brandon Cunningham
Student
Penn Hills

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Brandon Cunningham, Anisa Tate and Rahsaan Scott

“I celebrate Black History Month by honoring my grandfather who was a Tuskeegee Airman. He was one of the first African-American men to fight in the war. I am proud of his accomplishments in general but am always reminded of his greatness during this time of year.”
Anisa Tate
Mental health therapist
Rankin

“I celebrate Black History Month by remembering and paying tribute to the ancestors for what they have done. I also give honor to Black women and the GLBT community for their struggles by supporting what’s going on in the African-American community.”
Rahsaan Scott
Security
Squirrel Hill

“I will celebrate the legacy of our people all year long, not just during Black History Month. As Black people, we have to recondition ourselves to celebrate our history and legacy each and every day.”
Nazura Eshe
Community organizer
Wilkinsburg

“I celebrate Black History Month by teaching my children about the legacy of greatness that they come from. They learn about their ancestors throughout the year but February does carry a historical significance.”
Tameika Johnson
Student
East Liberty

“For the celebration of Black History Month, I will continue advancing in my studies, building with my family, while receiving much clearer reception between the Creator and me. I may possibly attend some social events but I don’t believe we need a month to celebrate how great we are as a whole and individuals. Yes, we were kings and queens, but we are much more than that.”
Menes Nowe
Entrepreneur
Penn Hills

(Compiled by Erin Perry, photos by Erin Perry.)

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