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Table Talk: Celebrating Black History Month

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Each week, The Huffington Post presents a compelling topic to spark discussion at your dinner table.

Every February, we observe Black History Month to honor the achievements, struggles and heritage of African-Americans.

A historian and activist named Dr. Carter G. Woodson founded what was to become Black History Month in 1926. At first, the celebration was just the second week of the month, which Dr. Woodson chose to coincide with the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and President Abraham Lincoln.

But in 1976, during the U.S. Bicentennial, America’s 200th birthday, it was officially expanded to the whole month under President Gerald Ford.

Black History Month commemorates the work and passion of people like: Civil Rights leaders Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks and Malcolm X. Writers, artists and entertainers like Maya Angelou, Langston Hughes, Lena Horne, Smokey Robinson and Bill Cosby. Scientists and inventors from George Washington Carver to Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson.

These are just a handful of the leaders who’ve shaped and continue to influence our country’s history, often overcoming major adversity to do so.

Tonight, let’s talk about the importance of diversity, understanding where we came from and honoring these Americans who’ve given us so much.

Questions for discussion:

* What have you learned in school about the Civil Rights movement?

* What are you doing in school or as a family to celebrate Black History Month?

* Have you ever seen or experienced prejudice? How did you act?

 

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