4 Feb
Courtesy of hstryclothing.com

Courtesy of hstryclothing.com

So it’s that time of year again.  It’s February — the month America has set aside to highlight the contributions of African Americans. Did you know that Black History Month initially began as Black History Week? It was created by scholar Dr. Carter G. Woodson. Woodson chose the second week of February because it included the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. If I learned these facts in primary school I surely don’t remember but my memory can be murky.

I typically don’t do anything special in celebration of Black History Month. I have a master’s degree in Africana Studies; topics of the black experience interest me effortlessly so they’re usually incorporated into my life rather seamlessly.  The NYU DC Chapter is sponsoring a Black History Month series entitled Create Equal that I’ll probably attend. It’s free and open to the public if you’re interested.

I just learned of a documentary film about a black guy (Shukree Hassan Tilghman) seeking to end Black History Month. I get the whole Black History is American History argument but I think the month is still necessary even in today’s so-called post-racial landscape. Here’s the trailer.

And check out this SNL clip. It made me laugh. I don’t know why it’s gender specific though i.e., hug a black guy. Black girls need love too ya know.

Slavery says it all doesn’t it?

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