Why we celebrate Black HIstory

When I was executive editor of the Montgomery Advertiser, I began one of my Sunday columns in this way in 2006:

Dr. Carter G. Woodson

“As a child in grade school one of the annual events I looked forward to each February was Black History Week. Growing up in segregated schools in my southeastern Georgia community in the 1950s and 1960s, our textbooks made no mention of the contributions of African Americans to American society in this nation’s early years.

“That’s why Carter G. Woodson, the so-called “father of black history,” in 1926 established the tradition of an annual weekly celebration. Woodson believed it would be impossible for people of his race to know where they were going without knowing where they have been.”

This week, a feature story I wrote was published in the Savannah Morning News. During this Black History Month, I am reminded that Black history should be studied and celebrated every day by everyone. Here is a link to the story: Savannah native: Black history should be recognized every day

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Author of the memoir "Coming Full Circle: From Jim Crow to Journalism." Available for book talks and signings, speaking. (Signed copies available on this site)

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