Affirmation for February 8, 2011: February is Black History Month

I don't want a Black History Month.  Black history is American history.- Morgan FreemanThought of the day:Mr. Freeman has a point - Black history is American history. So why have a month for it?Black History Month has its roots as far back as 1915, when Dr. Carter Woodsen and Rev. Jesse E. Moorland began the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH). It has evolved to become a celebration and tribute of the many remarkable African American individuals that have contributed to American history.For more information about Black History Month and to view profiles of the many historical figures it pays tribute to, visit biography.com's feature on Black History Month.Have a celebratory day!TeamDS
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blessed34
blessed34

I appreciate the comment on Black History being American History, but that\'s not entirely correct. Black History highlights the achievements and cultural diversity that has existed all over the world in Africa, Europe, the Caribbean, Asia... Our history is global, regardless of whether we\'re green, pink, black, white or brown. We celebrate our differences and similarities everywhere!
deleted_user
deleted_user

Morgan Freeman is a wealthy man and a great actor. Let us not forget those who died on the ships, lived as slaves, promised land that was never given. No apology given, The truth is distorted about those who fought for civil rights. It is important to remember New Orleans and that racism has not been eliminated, American history is nothing to be proud of. It began with genocide of blacks, indians, and has continued to kill those who are not white, Today it is Muslims.. We have to teach the children the truth. Blessed34 I do understand what you are lovingly saying. White European history sits by itself with the magical thinking of manifest destiny invading and taking what they see as rightfully theirs and killing all who stand in the way. This has to end. There can be no peace separate from freedom.
blessed34
blessed34

We can\'t change history as evil as it might be, but we still have to know our history!
deleted_user
deleted_user

I agree we can\'t change history. However Black History Month has been a celebrated tradition for a long time now and I think it should continue to be honored and celebrated. It is not about excluding other races it is about honoring and taking pride in black history and heritage. Every race is free to have traditions and celebrations for their history and heritage so I don\'t see why black people shouldn\'t have theirs.

And black history is not just about American history although that is what a lot of people focus on in the month of Feb. It is about the history and heritage of all black people. And as part of that history there are also people of other races that stood along side black people in support that helped to abolish slavery and that worked with black people in their fight for equality and civil rights.

So when we celebrate black history month we can also celebrate how people of all races banded together for positive change and equality. We can create a month dedicated to unity.

Lets not forget that when we honor black history month we are also honoring the dream of Martin Luther King. And his dream was for all people it is a dream about Harmony.