February is Black History Month and WWE will honor famous African American figures and wrestlers during the course of the month. And though honoring the history of African Americans through February is good, Xavier Woods wants people to remember that the history and importance shouldn't be forgotten for the other 11 months.
Speaking to NHL.com, Woods was asked about the importance of Black History Month to him. He replied, "Black History Month is a time to educate people who forget that black people are just part of world history. I have some friends who hear Black History Month and they harp on the fact, 'OK, we're focusing on black history and whatever aspect it is, whether it's in civil rights, whether it's in sports, whether it's in entertainment -- but a lot of times we don't talk about those things for the other 11 months of the year.' It's always interesting that in February these things are examined and spoken about, but for the rest of the time, it's kind of by the wayside. We, as a people and as a human race, can do a better job of remembering that every ethnicity's history is part of our world history. That's a long-winded way to say I think Black History Month should be Black History Year."
When asked about African American figures in history who have influenced him, he named Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, and his grandparents.
Woods is currently sidelined with an Achilles injury. It is unknown when he will return to the ring.