February 4, 2013

Beyond a Black History Month

In 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
Blogger, itsakilahobviously.com

Keir Bristol, @andthenkeirsaid
Blogger, andthenkeirsaid.com

Jamelle Bouie, @jbouie
Staff writer, The American Prospect

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