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This year's Black History Month reflects on the present as much as the past

This year's Black History Month reflects on the present as much as the past

From Black Lives Matter to the Baltimore Uprising and beyond, 2015 was a tumultuous year in the annals of black America -- a fact that hasn't been lost on educators and museum officials planning commemorations for Black History Month.

Events of the past year offer the chance to expand those commemorations beyond the usual emphasis on such giant figures as Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass and Martin Luther King Jr., they say, and to remind everyone that last year or month is as much a part of history as last century.

"If you think about it, history is occurring daily, right? So yesterday is history," says Kimberly R. Moffitt, associate professor of American...

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