Thursday, February 12, 2009

Black History Month: Is there still a need?

Sixty-three years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation ending slavery, a young black scholar decided to create a week that celebrated the accomplishments of his people — despite the persecution and struggles this group continued to go through.

For some time there has been discussion as to whether or not Black History Month should slowly fade into the sunset. Why do we need a month — the shortest of the 12, no less — to honor a race when it really should be done all year long? With the election of President Barack Obama, the debate is growing a little louder.

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Ellison Horne said...

Great article, Michelle. Much food for thought! Thank you.

Ellison Horne

JCBoricua112 said...

Hi Michelle - Well said. Just because we dedicate a month to recognize and honor the achievements of Blacks does not mean we should forget the rest of the year.