The celebration and recognition of Black History Month or African-American History Month, whichever you prefer, begins Monday and continues throughout the entire month of February.

It’s a time to not only highlight the many contributions Blacks have made in America, which have been intricately woven into the fabric of the nation, but also a time to reflect on the trials and tribulations that African Americans have had to endure, and in some cases still are having to endure.

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Bailey Jones

[thumbup] And don't forget the Hidden History series at the Bryan Museum. Next up is Jack Johnson on Feb 18th. It's virtual so you can enjoy it from home.

If you read, I've enjoyed these books over the past year or two -

Sweet Taste of Liberty: A True Story of Slavery and Restitution in America by W. Caleb McDaniel (also the subject of a Hidden History episode)

Red Summer: The Summer of 1919 and the Awakening of Black America by Cameron McWhirter

Barracoon: The Story of the Last "Black Cargo" by Zora Neale Hurston

The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism by Edward E. Baptist

If you like podcasts, I recommend NPR's Code Switch and the BBC's Witness Black History.

Shanna Hager

Great post!!!

Dan Freeman

NYT 1619 Project: https://pulitzercenter.org/sites/default/files/full_issue_of_the_1619_project.pdf

Paula Flinn

Angela, thank you for the good article. Bailey & Dan, thank you for the posts.

Thomas Carpenter

One of the unsung heroes out there is Mr. Michael Merrite, whose Ball High speech and debate teams kayoed the competition for decades. The forest of trophies in the speech and debate trophy case at Ball High only hints at the powerful, positive and profound impact Mr. Merritte had on thousands of young men and women.

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Angela Wilson

You're absolutely correct; hope you got a chance to read my feature on him a few months ago in this newspaper, thanks!

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