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?