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Whitlock: Black History month, our story

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The Orange County Register has published an article by Reverend Mark Whitlock, executive director of the Cecil Murray Center for Community Engagement, discussing African-American identity in relation to black history month.

An excerpt from the article:

"Black is consciousness and more than a skin color. Becoming black was identifying with heroes who suffered to make America great. February is the month many people celebrate Black History.


Black History Month originally started as Negro History Week in 1926, by Harvard educated historian and author Dr. Carter G. Woodson. It created a new consciousness for celebrating men and women who were unashamedly black.

When some people think of Black History, their minds create images of black slavery, human suffering, segregated public facilities and civil rights marches. In reality, Dr. Woodson's goal was to teach uninformed whites the achievements and contributions of black Americans."

Read the rest of the article at the Orange County Register website.