Black History 'Month'...

It's February and that means it's time to start stopping to forget about Black History and to start thinking about it for four weeks. At which point it returns to White History Eleven Months.

From Ezi: "Black history is American history by definition... Don't get me started on 'Black Music Month.'" Please do get started Ezi.

It's easy to mock, of course, but it is an important idea -- to devote a specific block of time to Black History. But all the jokes don't come from nowhere. The originator of the Month would've appreciated the jokes, here, 80 years later: "A funny thing, though: The man who started the tradition in the 1920s didn't think it would last. He didn't want it to last. Some day, he thought, African Americans and their history would enter the American mainstream. A special day, week or month to tell their stories and study their past simply wouldn't be necessary."

What I want to know is, is it a coincidence that Black History Month also happens to be the shortest month of the year? (RCFYA, JohnConyers)

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