Beyond a Black History Month
Beyond a Black History MonthIn the US, African-American history comes but once a year.
State Troopers arrest a man for breaking a curfew established in Rochester during three days of riots, New York, circa 1960s. (Photo by Express Newspapers/Getty Images)
Every February the US celebrates African American heritage during what is known as Black History Month. While many take the opportunity to highlight important contributions of African Americans, some within the black community oppose the idea of a dedicated month suggesting it trivializes their history. So how important is Black History Month? And has it been effective in promoting racial equality?
In this episode of The Stream, we speak to:
Mark Anthony Neal, @newblackman
Professor, Duke University
Shukree Hassan Tilghman, @morethanamonth
Filmmaker, More than a Month
Kai Wright, @kai_wright
Editorial Director, Colorlines
Akilah Hughes, @kiwirabbitfru
Keir Bristol, @andthenkeirsaid
Jamelle Bouie, @jbouie
Staff writer, The American Prospect
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