The old adage says that March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. Well, that remains to be seen. What I do know is that February is just about played out, which means that Black History Month is fixing to close up shop for 2013.
Black History Month began as a Negro History Week way, way back in the 1920’s. Then, during our country’s bicentennial year, 1976, President Gerald Ford said, “Aw, hell. As long as we’re celebrating all this making of America shit, let’s make Negro History Week a whole month and quit calling it Negro…sounds too much like nigger.”* And so it was in motion that each February we would set forth to acknowledge the contributions and accomplishments of the African Diaspora.
During the 1970’s the most obvious uptick in black awareness took place in popular culture, and nowhere was it more…
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