Can Black History Month live up to its founder’s vision?

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Confining the study of Black history to February, our commentator argues, leads Americans to misunderstand their past – and present. When it comes to history, the whole is far greater than the sum of its parts.

A few years ago, I was awestruck when NBA guard Jarrett Jack wore a T-shirt to commemorate the study of Black history during the month of February. The shirt read, “Black History [Month] Years” – with “Month” crossed out. The wording resonated with me.

It still does.

The history of Black people…


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