Black History Month is about commemorating, celebrating and recognizing the achievements of African Americans throughout history, but we need to do more than shine a spotlight for more than 28 days.

The man credited with pioneering Black History Month, Dr. Carter G. Woodson, set a goal to rewrite America’s history books. He was reportedly disturbed at how history textbooks whitewashed African American achievement, largely ignoring America’s black population and its strong influence on the country’s success.