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February is for black history, not beer

In an effort to promote Maryland's craft beer industry, Gov. Larry Hogan recently proclaimed this month "FeBREWary," a four-week celebration of beer-related festivities ("To support craft beer industry, Gov. Hogan renames month 'FeBREWary,'" Feb. 1).

I find this proclamation rather tone deaf, however, given February's traditional designation as Black History Month.

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I understand that some people might appreciate Maryland's craft beer. But there is a time and place for everything, and there are 11 other months Mr. Hogan could have chosen to focus on the beverage.

February is already the shortest month of the year. By using it to promote the state's craft beer industry, Mr. Hogan is neglecting to focus on the great black Marylanders in our history.

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It's far more important to use this month to focus on celebrating, for example, Harriet Tubman, the abolitionist, and Thurgood Marshall, the integrationist, than it is for tourists to get drunk in Ocean City.

Mr. Hogan should explore developing and promoting more events celebrating Maryland black history. That might not appease the beer lobby, but it would boost the tourist industry by highlighting the state's unique role in the abolition of slavery and the integration of the public schools.

Colin Byrd, Greenbelt.

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