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Susan M. Heathfield

Celebrate Black History

By February 9, 2014

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February is National Black History Month, a month during which we recognize the achievements and contributions of black Americans.

In my classic piece, Search for Similarities, about diversity in the workplace, you'll find my preferred approach.

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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