Black Iowa mayor: 'Seize this unique moment' to make Black history

Black Iowans discuss the importance of teaching Black History, voting rights and more during Black History Month.

Celebrating Black History Month: Black Iowa News invited Black Iowans to share their feelings about the importance of teaching Black history, voting rights and more — in their own words. Here's the next installment from Quentin Hart, the first African American mayor of Waterloo, who was recently reelected to a fourth term. Before becoming mayor, Hart served for eight years as a councilman in Ward 4. He was also the first African American appointed as mayor pro tem. Hart is a doctoral candidate at Iowa State University in educational leadership and policy studies.

Check back tomorrow for the next installment. Black History Month isn't over yet. There is still time to share your point of view. Learn more below.

Black History is World History

Mayor Quentin Hart, Waterloo

Mayor Quentin Hart, of Waterloo. Photo courtesy of Hart.

Black History is world history. It is not only about what happened in the past, it explains our present and shapes our future. It permeates our everyday lives, the foods we eat, the songs we sing, the clothes we wear. Today, we have more resources, more access to information, and more ability to disseminate information than ever before.

We are seeing the rise of new courageous truth-tellers boldly challenging traditional narratives.

We see a growing audience receptive to hear, open to learn and hoping to see what has been hiding in plain sight.

We must seize this unique moment, while we have the world’s attention, to not only share Black History, but to make it.

Read: Black History Month reflections by Black Iowans

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