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Mike Wallace

Why Black History Month?

Why Black History Month?

Every February, college professors like myself are tasked with reminding students and the general public of the significance of Black History Month. Undoubtedly, many people understand the potential value behind a designated month dedicated to this part of American history. Our country is strengthened by recognizing the contributions of ethnic groups representing its social fabric. Yet I sense a growing apathy among students influenced by a dominant ideology that positions Black History Month as a chore rather than an opportunity to observe individuals and events in the history of the African Diaspora.

Hegemonic forces chip away at our efforts to raise consciousness about the...