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Can Black History Month live up to its founder’s vision?

Posted on AllSides February 5th, 2021
From The Center
race and racism, Black History Month, civil rights

Confining the study of Black history to February, our commentator argues, leads Americans to misunderstand their past – and present. When it comes to history, the whole is far greater than the sum of its parts.

A few years ago, I was awestruck when NBA guard Jarrett Jack wore a T-shirt to commemorate the study of Black history during the month of February. The shirt read, “Black History [Month] Years” – with “Month” crossed out. The wording resonated with me.

It still does.

The history of Black people...

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