Why Black History Month matters

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February is set aside to remember African Americans? contributions to our nation (KTRK)

Inside the Shape Community Center, it did not take long to find those who've lived through history.

Eyewitness News spoke with members about Black History Month. February is set aside to remember African Americans' contributions to our nation.

Dr. Edith Irby Jones sat down with us, as did 93-year-old Milton Randle. Dr. Jones was the first African American woman to attend medical school at the University of Arkansas. She recalled how churches actually help raise money to cover her tuition and spoke about the challenges of the day.

"The state demanded that black and whites did not eat in the same place publicly," said Dr. Jones. "So they assigned me a study room from my meals in the library."

Randle served in the army during World War II in the Pacific. He grew up in a time of segregation and stressed the younger generation must remember the past.

"Some people say we ought to forget the past," said Randle. "The past shouldn't be forgotten because you don't want to go back to it again. You shouldn't forget."

Black History Month events are played across school districts in our area. Houston Libraries also have events throughout the month. Those are all free and open to the public.

For more information, visit their website by clicking here.
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