Black History: American History & The Cultural Contribution.

One month out of twelve is dedicated nationally to appreciating, honoring and celebrating the contributions of what is arguably one of the richest cultures in the world: African American Culture. We know a yearly month of recognition couldn’t possibly cover the historical and modern contributions, but Black History Month is a welcomed opportunity for united, concentrated recognition.

The coolest thing about African-American culture is that it can’t be confined at all — not to an era, a particular sound, style or even food. No doubt there are the staples (Maya Angelou, anyone?), but African-American music alone spans from Bo Diddley, and John Coltrane to Sly & The Family Stone and Outkast. We’re drawing on social reformers like Shirley Chisholm, Senator John Lewis and W.E.B Du Bois ( do-boiz), inventors and entrepreneurs like Tristan Walker and Madam C.J. Walker, and fashion designers and artists like Andrew Ramroop and Jean-Michel Basquiat.

The coolest part of African-American culture is that it can’t be confined…

All year long African-American culture is celebrated and honored daily, inspiring modern fashion, music, literature, cuisine, film, art and philosophy. For better and for worse, this dynamic culture has been a core power in political, institutional and legislative movement for centuries.

Given how much focus has been given to the African Americans since the 17th Century, we can’t help but acknowledge how so much of modern American culture is propelled by African American history and its history of unbridled influence, presence and power.

Modern American culture is propelled by African American history, therefore America’s history is African American history. Our country was built upon it, and by nature shapes its present and future. We couldn’t be more thrilled for the chance to help create the mold and evolve the future.

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