Historian and author Carter G. Woodson founded Black History Month in 1926 to celebrate the achievements of African Americans. It was also meant to educate Americans about the suffering of slaves to highlight the fight for civil liberties and the successful contributions of Black people as part of the fabric of American history.
Nearly 100 years later, troubling questions remain about racial inequality, police brutality and what critics call the “whitewashing of the Black narrative” in the United States.
Joining the discussion:
- Robert Patillo is a Civil Rights Attorney and Talk Radio Host.
- Brittany Lee Lewis is a Political Analyst.
- Joseph Williams is a Former Sr. Editor at U.S. News & World Report.
- Jacquie Luqman is Coordinator for the Black Alliance for Peace DC.
Schools and universities are marking the start of Black History Month today, as many educators across the nation wrestle with increasing limits on what they can teach about racism and history.
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