The Heat: U.S. Black History Month

The Heat

It’s Black History Month here in the United States, a time to commemorate the trials and triumphs of African-Americans.

February marks a special time in the U.S with Black History Month being a celebration of African-American history and heritage.

But in 2020, it was an especially trying year, marred by the deaths of African Americans by police officers and leading to thousands of people protesting on the streets across the country calling for racial justice.

This year, the U.S. is dealing with a different struggle, as the country reels from COVID-19. Communities of color have been hit especially hard by the deadly virus. President Joe Biden has laid out a bold plan to address systemic racism, an ambitious endeavor, but is it enough?

To discuss:

  • Hilary Shelton is the Director of the NAACP Washington bureau and Senior Vice President for Advocacy and Policy.
  • Debbie Hines is a trial lawyer, legal analyst and former prosecutor.
  • Joseph Williams is a senior news editor for U.S. News & World Report.
  • Niambi Carter is Associate Professor of Political Science at Howard University

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