The most vivid memory I have of President Kennedy’s funeral ceremonies are the crowds which seemed to line the streets continuously throughout the entire period. The patience of these hundreds of thousands of mourners and curiosity seekers was phenomenal, and I must admit that on these days I saw a side of America which I thought had long since ceased to exist…
Black History Month has been a staple in American education since its first federally recognized observance in 1976. It has since gone on to be observed and celebrated in Canada, the UK, and Ireland, though in the two latter countries it is observed in October as opposed to February. President Gerald Ford, in his recognition of Black History Month, stated that it provided an “Opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”
A study conducted of high school student engagement by the Fordham Institute in 2016 found that the subject of history was widely chosen as the least interesting or least liked subject of the students polled, second only to math in some cases. Ask any average high school or college student their opinion of the field, and you will likely be met with the same descriptive word from different people: boring.
*Republished from the December 6th, 1963 issue of The Kayseean