How Ralph Northam is spending his Black History Month

OPINION — The lessons of this February’s Black History Month commemorations have already veered far beyond the usual ones that begin and end by quoting a snippet of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech — the part about judging folks not by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. A new curriculum is being written in real time, affecting real-life politicians and their constituents. And Virginia is hardly the only state not ready for the big exam.

Of course, the politician in question, Gov. Ralph Northam, has been learning as he goes — about blackface, about apologies and about redemption.

Black History Month Lessons for ‘Trump World’

Every year, when February rolls around, you hear the same questions: Why do we need a Black History Month? When is White History Month? (The answer to that second question is January through December, by the way.)

For the answer to the first, look no further than the movie that just picked up the top award from the Screen Actors Guild. “Hidden Figures” is about the African-American female mathematicians who helped propel the U.S. space program, and who were mostly left out of the history books and previous film accounts of NASA and the talents who made it soar. (John Glenn wouldn’t leave home without their trajectory equations.)

When people of color and women play more than token roles in the telling of this nation’s history, there will no longer be a need to remedy omissions with a designated month here and there.

In 2017, we are far from that moment.

 

A Month of Arts, Remembrance and Honors


 

February in Charlotte means a month of arts, remembrance, and honors.

Mary C Curtis is giving us a tour of where it’s all happening.

The Blumenthal Performing Arts helped produce ‘”The Mountaintop“, which is being performed at the Booth Playhouse through March 2. It centers around Martin Luther King Jr’s last speech before his assassination. At the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art the exhibition “Mario Botta: Architecture and Memory” features more than 200 objects; the show spans the 50-year career of internationally acclaimed architect Mario Botta, the designer of the Bechtler.

Also, props to Johnson C Smith University; they were named School of the Month by the Tom Joyner Foundation.

Keeping it Positive: Black History Month in Charlotte


CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Black History Month is in full swing all throughout Charlotte.  Contributions by African-Americans are being preserved as well as celebrated through different events. A Keeping it Positive report highlights all the places you can take part in observing.

Strom Thurmond’s black daughter: a symbol of America’s complicated racial history

Thurmond’s daughter was for years kept on the outside looking in, a pattern that mirrors the lives of African Americans, integral to the life blood of the country’s progress and promise, yet not always invited to sit at the family table.