PIQUA — Mayor Kazy Hinds and the Piqua City Commission recognized Black History Month this week after inviting a local pastor to their recent meeting to talk about Black History Month.
Pastor John Scott of True Vine Church, 531 W. Ash St., spoke before the commission and the community about the importance of this month and seeking out black history that people might not know about or have learned in school.
“This is Black History Month, and so I wanted John to come up and just say a few words in (remembrance) of that,” Hinds said.
“I’m honored to be here tonight and just wanted to share with you guys … about the importance of Black History Month,” Scott said. “What I’ve been asked several times in my life is why do we need Black History Month. We have American history. And though American history does a good job of showing us our nation and the battles we’ve gone through and different things that happened for us to become such a great nation, sometimes it’s kind of exclusive rather than inclusive.”
Scott discussed how African American people have contributed to the progress of the United States alongside people of other races and ethnicities. He also talked about how learning about that provides black children with different role models who look like them, giving them that representation in society and showing them what they can also accomplish.
“There’s so many African American people who have contributed to the greatness of our nation through science — there have been doctors and lawyers — (and) in every facet of society that have been able to contribute to America,” Scott said.
“I think what makes that powerful and necessary, even Piqua here in our community, is when you see young black girls and boys and youth to be able to see that even in the midst of oppression or resistance that black people have been able to accomplish amazing things, and what (that) does and what that did for me even as a child, it sent the message that no matter what obstacles you face, you can overcome them and you can still be able to fulfill your God-given dreams and contribute to the world in a positive way.”
Scott discussed how this message can relate to people of different races and ethnicities, along with how empowering one segment of society ends up empowering society as a whole.
“What it does also for white citizens and for the children and youth is it shows that diversity is actually an asset and not a liability,” Scott said. “America is founded on that idea that we can have people from all over the world that can come to this place, and we can all contribute to the greatness of this place.
“So I think it helps when you see black history and get to find out a lot of things that maybe you didn’t know about a segment of society that has benefited the greatness of our nation. So I think it’s important for us to acknowledge that and to celebrate that.”
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