ISSUE: Celebrating the stories of a people
OUR VIEW: Black history enlightens us all
Some people wonder why Black History Month is necessary. They ask if it is fair to separate one race for special observance. Black America’s history is, after all, American history, too.
Critics say such observances focus too much attention on the most notable figures while glossing over the countless black Americans who have struggled, toiled and defended their lives and homes in relative obscurity.