E.F. Boyd & Son Funeral Home in Warrensville Heights, Ohio invites you to celebrate Black History Month throughout the month of February! While remembering loved ones from Cleveland, Ohio or Akron, Ohio, it’s vital to remember what they have done to help pave the way for our own futures. It is through people like these, hard workers and dedicated human beings, that we are able to celebrate the individuals that laid down the path that made the history we celebrate this month. Many influential people – Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr.—helped pave the way for fellow African American citizens, including the founder of Black History Month, Carter G. Woodson.
However, before historian, author, educator, and publisher Carter G. Woodson could help us celebrate Black History Month, there had to be other influential people of African American descent to help make his contributions possible. One of the most prominently known figures in African American history is Sojourner Truth, and her contributions to better society for herself and others like her. Born a slave like her parents around 1797, she escaped slavery and changed her name to Sojourner Truth in 1843, dedicating her life to Methodism and the abolition of slavery. Most famously, Sojourner Truth spoke at the Ohio Women’s Rights Convention in Akron in May of 1851, later to be known as her “Ain’t I a Woman?” speech. Truth is remembered as one of the foremost leaders of the abolitionist movement and an early advocate of women’s rights. Although she began her career as an abolitionist, the reform causes she sponsored were broad and varied, including prison reform, property rights, and universal suffrage, paving the way for many influential people after her, including W.E.B. Du Bois. When remembering loved ones, those who have been long gone and those who have just recently passed, E.F. Boyd & Son Funeral Home in Warrensville Heights and Cleveland encourages you to think of all the amazing things they accomplished for you and others in their lifetime. Without the hard work and dedication from those individuals before you, you may never have been able to achieve your own successes.
When celebrating Black History month, remember all the hard work the individuals before you put forth to better society. William Edgar Burghardt Du Bois– born Feb 23,1868—was both a scholar and an activist. Through hard work and dedication, he became the first African American to earn a doctorate from Harvard in 1895. He is best known as the spokesperson for African American rights during the first half of the 20th century where in 1919 he co-founded the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Black History Month founder Carter G. Woodson, who was the first African American to earn a Ph.D at Harvard University, is best known as the “Father of Black History”. Woodson dedicated himself to the field of African American history, lobbying schools and organizations to participate in a special program to encourage the study of African American history. In February 1926 it began with Negro History Week, later expanding into the renamed Black History Month. Despite his death on April 3, 1950, his work continues on with the annual celebration of Black History Month, where students around the U.S. spend time learning about African American studies.
By remembering loved ones and those influential people in our lives who have affected us directly and indirectly, we can appreciate what all they’ve done for us. Without the precedents set down before us, individuals like Marian Wright Edelman –first African American woman to pass the bar exam in Mississippi to become a lawyer for NAACP—never would have been granted the amazing opportunities she has! Whether you live in Akron, Ohio or a completely different state, you’re bound to be influenced by someone who came before you and helped pave your way towards an amazing future full of opportunity. For more information on E.F. Boyd & Son Funeral Home in Warrensville, Ohio and Cleveland, Ohio, you can visit efboyd.com, their Facebook, or call 216.541.2856 or 216.791.0770 today.