Reflections on Black History Month

Published 8:32 am Thursday, February 18, 2016

Dear Editor,

We are a blessed nation filled with a rich history. African-American history is a major part. It is one influenced by struggle, perseverance, experience and respect.

Carter G. Woodson and Luther Porter Jackson were individuals who believed that black history should be honored and preserved. Woodson established Negro History Week which later became Black History Month. Jackson organized the Association for The Study of Negro Life and History. That legacy is what we honor today with The Central High Museum. We carry on the legacy by preserving and appreciating the sacrifices and contributions that our forefathers and mothers have made before us.

Rev. James Murray Jeffress and Daniel and Martha Ragsdale were forces in achieving the legacy of black education because with their unyielding efforts The Charlotte Training School and later Central High School came into existence. Jeffress approached the school board in 1928 to obtain funding for a training school. Four years later the building was constructed. Daniel Ragsdale donated the land that the training school was built on. He contacted the Rosenwald Foundation, an organization that provided funds for African-American schools. His wife acquired funds from corporations such as Montgomery Ward and Sears Roebuck for the school construction.

The museum pays tribute to their endeavors. When visiting the museum, you see how a rich history of African-Americans is preserved for all generations. It has been a community effort. With that knowledge and understanding we go forward to continue achieving great things in whatever path God has set before us.

Judy Moore

Central High Museum

Charlotte Court House