"We should emphasize not Negro History, but the Negro in history," he said in 1926. "What we need is not a history of selected races or nations, but the history of the world void of national bias, race, hate and religious prejudice."
If ever there was a month when African-American history was significant, it is this one. Abraham Lincoln—You remember "the Great Emancipator"?—was born 200 years ago on Feb. 12. A hundred years later the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization, was born on Lincoln's birthday. A century later we have our first biracial president. What a country.
Which raises a question I've pondered increasingly in recent years about the NAACP and Black History Month. If they weren't around, would anyone notice?
A lot of people ask, now that Americans of all colors have put an African-American in the White House, how much more "advancement" do we need?
Sunday, February 15, 2009
NAACP and Black History Month
Chicago Tribune columnist Clarence Thomas raises an issue worthy of discussion concerning the purpose and existence of the NAACP and Black History Month: