Black History Month 2013: More Than 28 Days of Consciousness

It’s February, the allotted time when Black history and achievements enter the American public consciousness.  This is a time where the accomplishments of African-Americans are in the conversation much more than usual, and the programming on television in addition to other media will reflect that.

In looking at much of the content provided during February, it looks much more like marketing than a genuine concern for history. As soon as the month is over, things will return to the normal state of indifference. This is exactly what has to be fought against. While Black History Month is a great thing to observe, those who participate in it must see it as more than 28 days of consciousness.

It is vital to remember that the history of a people, any people is richer than marketing ploys. 2013 is an important year in Black history, and there are many anniversaries to be observed. As you may have heard elsewhere, this is the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, as well as the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.  Those are two great starting points for delving into Black history on one’s own, instead of looking to what will be presented this month as intellectual sustenance. Enjoy the next 25 days, and don’t allow yourself to just be spoon fed.


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