Pioneer Aerospace in Columbia held its annual Black history program Monday. Before the celebration, employees took the time to convey what black history means to them.
"Black history means to me that we are now enjoying a lot of the things that our forefathers have fought for, and we are able to do the things that we like to do. God has really blessed us," said Retired Pioneer Aerospace employee Eloise Watts.
"Its my heritage. I'm proud to be a black American," said Pioneer Aerospace employee, Brenda Daniels.
"To constantly remind our children what we had to come through, and sometimes they don't realize but if we constantly put it in their memory they also will appreciate the great privileges that we have today," said employee Barbara Dexter.
Black History Month started as Negro History Week in the 1920s; it was created by historian Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro life and history. It was expanded to a month in the '70s, but its creator hoped it eventually would end once black history became common knowledge.
The women say they will continue honoring Black History Month, because for them it's not about a week or a month. It's about honoring their culture, where it came from and where its going.
"Black history is made everyday. I think we will always need it," said Daniels.
"We have to constantly be reminded and to remind our siblings and our young ones what we had to go through, and what was accomplished even before my time," said Dexter.