African American History Month

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February marks African-American History Month.  But, African-American history isn’t just exclusive to Black-Americans; it’s part of American history.  It is one born of tragedy and brutality – millions of people ripped from their African homelands and forced to live like animals for centuries in a nation that prided itself on individual freedom.  It continued with the struggles for dignity and self-respect, beginning with the abolitionist movement of the 1800s and on to the civil rights battles of the past half century.  And, it brings us here now, the 21st century – where we have a strong African-American middle class and the nation’s first Black President, albeit half-Black.

Unfortunately, February is the shortest month of the year, but it’s better than nothing.  I propose we move African-American History Month back to January.  Kwanzaa ends on New Year’s Day, and January is the month we celebrate the birth of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.; perhaps the most iconic symbol of the modern civil rights movement.  Eventually, though, I hope we can move African-American History Month off the calendar altogether and celebrate our national diversity as a people.

Notable African-Americans.

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  1. WordsFallFromMyEyes

    Hadn’t thought about February being the shortest month – true! I am glad it’s a month-long dedication though, rather than just a day. Interesting post.

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