Race

Are We Beyond Black History Month?

If Obama's inauguration was a "post-racial moment," is there still a purpose for Black History Month? The Root's Michael E. Ross writes that the observance "has become more or less a ritual reflex in American life, with many observances reduced to rote and repetitious rituals." To better focus on the future, some, including Morgan Freeman, say we should stop celebrating African-Americans for one month and start considering Frederick Douglass, Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement in the same breath as Abraham Lincoln, JFK and the turmoil of the 20th century.