Black History Month is observed in February every year in the United States in remembrance of prominent personalities and events in the history of the African diaspora. At HELP CAT the event was marked by a joint lecture delivered to students of the American Degree programme at HELP CAT by two officers from the US Embassy in KL. It was also attended by American degree programme students from HELP University.
The lecture was titled “Black History Month: A Deeper Look into American History.” It explained the significance of Black History Month and its relevance to the international community. It dealt with topics like the African diaspora, ie the people largely from west and central Africa who were enslaved and transported to North, Central and South America to work on plantations and mines between the 16th and 19th centuries, whose descendants today are found all over the Americas and beyond.
Of all these areas, the story of black people in the USA is particularly important because it deeply divided the nation, caused a war to be fought (the American Civil War), stirred the conscience of Americans into enacting laws to grant equal rights to blacks. Much progress has been made since the days of the Civil Rights movement, but racial bias still exists and rears its ugly face from time to time, eg the numerous cases of shooting of black people by the police on the slightest provocation.