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Why Black History Month?

Causally speaking with a couple of ladies about Black History Month, I was immediately faced with the usual, “I’m Black 365 days a year.Why we get the shortest month of the year to celebrate?I celebrate being Black all year long.”Indeed, this is a common response from some within the Black, African-American community.Nothing I haven’t heard before.But, the response was so rehearsed I was overcome with silence.In an effort to preserve my energy, positive outlook I entered the space with, I quickly changed the direction of the conversation.
Initially, I was irritated.All I could hear and see is the phrase ignorance is bliss from Thomas Gray's poem, Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College (1742): "Where ignorance is bliss, 'tis folly to be wise.”In a time when the word “woke” is used without truly being woke, I reflected on the knowledge I have about Black History and why I started this journey of educating others through the arts twelve years ago.And, even still, today, I…

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