Filmmaker Demands "End Black History Month" - Page 2
Americans have mixed attitudes about history. Some find it fascinating, some find it boring, and others (like me) know that every thing that is resulted from all things that were. The little I remember of the history taught in school relates to the “discovery” of America, the Revolutionary War, and the Civil War. Battles, generals, and enemies were the stuff of history as I knew it. That history is the basis of, but far removed from, life in the United States. It is our social and “scientific” history—civil rights battles, anti-war protests, feminism, technology, medicine—that has shaped our lives and lifestyle.
More than a Month, in its non-threatening, entertaining way, forces the viewer to consider attitudes about Black History Month and the work, struggles, influence, and impact of African Americans as Americans. In considering my own attitudes, I found myself in agreement with Shukree Tilghman; it’s too bad Black History month is necessary, but it should continue until the history of all Americans is incorporated—integrated, if you will—into American History. Perhaps then we will honor individual contributors--regardless of race or national origin--on specific days throughout the entire year, such as we currently do for George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Martin Luther King, Jr. (and, no, I’m not suggesting a holiday every day).
Independent Lens (PBS) premieres More than a Month on Thursday, February 16, 2012, at 10:00 p.m. Eastern (check local listings). To learn more about the film, and the issues involved, visit the companion website. Get detailed information on the film, watch preview clips, read an interview with the filmmaker, and explore the subject in depth with links and resources. The site also features a “Talkback” section where viewers can share their ideas and opinions.