February is National Black History Month, a month during which we recognize the achievements and contributions of black Americans.
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For others, quite a controversy exists as to whether Black History Month remains relevant. About.com's Race Relations writer, Nadra Kareem believes it is, but quotes Morgan Freeman, who feels differently, in her discussion of the controversy.
"Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman has taken to task the fact that the U.S. still celebrates Black History Month. In a 2005 60 Minutes interview, Freeman called Black History Month ridiculous. 'You're going to relegate my history to a month?' he asked. 'I don't want a Black History Month. Black history is American history.'"
No matter your take on the controversy, February is Black History Month, a time when you can explore the resources available about Black History from the many expert writers at About.com.
And, if you agree with Morgan Freeman, March is Black History Month, too.
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More About Black History
- Black History Month from The African American History site.
- Mary Bellis, the About.com Inventors writer, provides the history of Black History Month and highlights the achievements of black inventors.
- Black American history from abolition to current events is the focus of About.com's Martin Kelly in the American History section.
- Black women in black history and notable black women are highlighted by Jone Johnson Lewis, About.com's Women's History writer.
- Diana Rattray explores African American food and recipes at About.com's Southern Food.