Is Black History Month still needed?

www.usatoday.com Modified: February 25, 2014 at 7:15 am •  Published: February 25, 2014
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ATLANTA -- They were born long after the Jim Crow laws that officially divided American society were banished to history's dustbin, says USA Today. Their lives began more than 20 years after Martin Luther King was assassinated, and just 20 years before the nation elected the first black president.



They are African-American 20-somethings, members of the so-called post-racial era that began with President Obama's election, whose lives have been lived largely free of overt racism.

For many of them, the very notion of Black History Month is a trite anachronism. It's a time given over to rote recitations of a few well-known factoids about the lives of King, Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, maybe a few others.

But how much resonance can such recitations have for people who had the option of voting for a black candidate in their very first presidential election? A candidate who won? Twice?

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