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Sunday, February 1, 2009
Happy Black History Month 2009!
Over here at BlackRadioIsBack.com and FuseBox Radio Broadcast, we would like to wish everyone a Happy Black History Month for 2009 (and for my U.K. Peoples, early wishes since y'all celebrate it in October)!
We are at an age where even in this supposed age of "post-racial" America with the election of U.S. President Barack Obama, there is still an insane lack of complete acceptance of People of Black descent worldwide and positive contributions to the world.
As much as some - to be very nice - short-sighted people want to believe that everything is all good and wash away ANY distinguishing recognition of Blacks in America (especially so) and the Diaspora, Black History Month is still a vitally needed time for not just Black People, but people all over the United States and world to reflect not just on various individual's achievements from a Paul Robeson to Malcolm X or Fannie Lou Hamer to Sojouner Truth, but on our basic commonalities as human beings.
EVERYONE can be proud of their various ethnic and cultural heritages (otherwise, why would there be things like Hispanic History Month, Women's History Month, etc.) and the struggles groups of people have made since the beginning of time to grow and have it not be a threat to those who are secure in themselves.
The diverse contributions of Black Culture from all over the African Diaspora (political, academic, artistic, etc.) to the world should be celebrated and acknowledged all day, everyday - not just for a regulated 28 days a year (or 29 on a leap year). :)
Here are just a few resources for Black History Month for everyone to check out:
The Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History
African Holocaust: Celebrating History And Culture
The Hidden Truth of Black History
Black History on BBC 1Xtra - Timeline, Videos, Documentaries And Info On U.K. Music
Black History Month Wikipedia Listing
History.com Black History Month Site
Celebrate Black History Month With Biography Channel
CNN Black History Month Timeline