Originally posted on Black America Web:
We have come to the end of Black History Month and for it to symbolize two historically momentous occasions; the 150th and 50th anniversaries of the emancipation proclamation and March on Washington there seemed to be very little media fanfare. And while some of us devote considerable attention to the celebration of our history on a regular basis, this show in particular with the little know black history fact, many of us don’t make it a priority at all.
Carter G. Woodson created Negro History week in 1926, not to box-in when we celebrated our history, but to elevate a period of celebration. The caveat to that was it required us to actually study enough history outside of the celebration to continuously share during it. People complain, and I am one of them, that as a community we consistently celebrate the same 7 or so figures from 2 periods in…
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