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Morgan Freeman On Black History Month

Is Morgan Freeman correct on his assessment on the need of Black History Month. Take a look at his 60 Minutes Interview with Mike Wallace.

John Ridley addressed the question as to whether there is a need for Black History Month now that we have an African American President in the article below.

Yes, We Still Need Black History Month

by John Ridley

So it’s February. That means school kids across America are learning that George Washington Carver didn’t actually invent the peanut, and a black man did invent the stoplight. And while the kids are learning, February by February, grown-ups are asking if maybe it’s time to retire Black History Month.

This year, one op-ed writer flat-out said Black History Month “has come to seem quaint, jarring, anachronistic” and “robs blacks of [their] part in U.S. history.”

The country is for sure in a different place than it was when historian Carter G. Woodson originated “Negro History Week” in 1926. Most obvious, of course, is that 83 years later we have a black man in the White House. Beyond that, black American history is now seemingly cranked out on a regular basis. Eric Holder becomes the first black attorney general. Mike Tomlin becomes the second black coach to win a Super Bowl championship in three years. The Republican National Committee is so desperate for relevance it elects Michael Steele as its chairman, and does so over Katon Dawson, who until last September belonged to a whites-only country club. Somewhere Strom Thurmond is doing about 8,000 rpms in his grave.

So, clearly, a nation whose icons are the likes of Tiger Woods, Oprah and Barack Obama doesn’t need a Black History Month.

Yeaaaah, no.

What the advocates of dumping Black History Month miss is that watching Tiger sink a 20-foot putt or Oprah cooking with Rachael Ray doesn’t exactly teach the kiddies about the Tuskegee Airmen or the Middle Passage or Plessy v. Ferguson. That’s kind of like saying you can get a master class in Hispanic heritage by watching an episode of Ugly Betty.

Now, I happen to agree that Black History Month is a set-aside. But the reason it’s set aside is because even in 2009, most schools do a poor job of integrating black history — or Hispanic history or Asian-American history — into their yearly curriculum. Are kids really taught about the Nisei brigade or Executive Order 9066, the Trail of Tears or the National Farm Workers Association?

This isn’t the history of one ethnicity. It’s our history. And until our history is fully explored throughout the school year, then Black History Month remains relevant.

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    Son Of P-Funk Legend Found Dead

    George Clinton

    George Clinton

    George Clinton Jr., the son of funk legend George Clinton, was found dead in his Florida home on Monday, Feb. 1, at the age of 50. The Leon County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a maintenance person who discovered the body at 12:30 PM Monday, at the Tallahassee apartment complex where Clinton lived.

    Clinton Jr.’s body was identified, though it appeared that Clinton had been dead for several days. No signs of foul play were found during the Sheriff’s investigation. The cause of death is still undetermined.

    “Barring any finding by the Medical Examiner’s Office, our investigation is complete,” said the Sheriff’s Office, who also reported that friends of the Clinton family had responded to their calls and “they did notify George Clinton Jr.’s father of the death.”

    This is sad news for the P-Funk legend, who was recently featured on Big Boi’s new single, ‘Fo Yo Sorrows,’ alongside Too Short, and is still performing and touring at the age of 68.

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      African American Teens Trouble Water In Witchita Kansas

      Daisy Blue (left) Joan Williams (middle) Galyn Vesey right

      Daisy Blue (left) Joan Williams (middle) Galyn Vesey right

      A new civil-rights museum opened Monday in Greensboro, N.C. The International Civil Rights Center and Museum is located on the site of the Greensboro Woolworth store where, on Feb. 1, 1960, four black college freshmen walked up to the “whites only” lunch counter, sat down and demanded service.

      Within two months, sit-ins were happening in 54 cities in nine states. And within six months, the Greensboro Woolworth lunch counter was desegregated.

      Part of the original Woolworth counter is now at the Smithsonian museum in Washington, D.C., but the original stools where the four students sat are still there.

      One of those students, Franklin McCain, now says “sitting on that dumb stool” was “the best feeling of my life.”

      The building was preserved through a purchase in 1993 from a bank that had planned to turn it into a parking lot.

      It is said that the sit-in which took place 50 years ago changed America.

      Was this the first lunch counter sit-in? Take a look at the video above to find out.

      For Spanish Hearing Impaired, Cell phone and iPOD versions, please go to the Febone1960.net Black History Month Calendar

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