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After a year into U.S. President Barack Obama's presidency, it's pretty damned obvious we're FAR from being in a "post-racial" America.
As much as some - to be very nice - short-sighted people who always 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 as well as some pretty cool documentaries and short videos off the beaten path available for viewing free on the web to jump the month of right this decade...hope y'all enjoy them!
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
BlackRadioIsBack.com Video #1: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Discusses Sit-In Demonstrations on NBC's "Meet The Press" TV Program (aired April 17, 1960)
BlackRadioIsBack.com Video #2: Amos 'n' Andy: Anatomy of a Controversy
BlackRadioIsBack.com Video #3: Speakers for the Dead
Description via NFB:
This documentary reveals some of the hidden history of Blacks in Canada. In the 1930s in rural Ontario, a farmer buried the tombstones of a Black cemetery to make way for a potato patch.
In the 1980s, descendants of the original settlers, Black and White, came together to restore the cemetery, but there were hidden truths no one wanted to discuss. Deep racial wounds were opened.
Scenes of the cemetery excavation, interviews with residents and re-enactments--including one of a baseball game where a broken headstone is used for home plate--add to the film's emotional intensity.
BlackRadioIsBack.com Video #4: Jimi (documentary on musician Jimi Hendrix)