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Expanding Our View of Black History & Black History Month: The Forgotten Heroes Of Black History

In case you missed it, I wanted to share a really great discussion hosted earlier this afternoon by Brother Marc Lamont Hill on HuffPost Live. The discussion was about the meaning and underlying significance of Black History Month, and also specific figures in our history that don't get as much attention in America's annual February interpretive dance around 'respectable' Black facts and Black figures.

One of the most important points I took from this discussion is that our challenge is to take ourselves seriously enough to study, and critically examine, all of the complexity in our long and rich history, beginning many centuries before the invention of a European. Moreover, we have to do this critical study using our own African cultural and historical lens, and not interpreting our experiences over the centuries through a European and/or American historical, cultural and intellectual lens.

From HuffPost Live, February 9, 2015 (Earlier this afternoon)...

Each February the nation recognizes the achievements and societal contributions of black Americans. We take this time to remember the invisible heroes of black history who have helped pave the way for equal rights.

Guests:

  • Dr. Brittney Cooper (New Brunswick, NJ) Assistant Professor of Women's and Gender Studies and Africana Studies at Rutgers University
  • Dr. Greg Carr (Washington, DC) Associate Professor of Africana Studies & Chair of Afro-American Studies at Howard University
  • Dr. Treva Lindsey (Columbus, OH) Assistant Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Ohio State University

Hosted by:  Marc Lamont Hill

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