- The Washington Times - Monday, February 16, 2009


For many years, I have seen the need for Black History Month and have been a staunch supporter of it, but with the election of America’s first black president, maybe, within a few years, there will be no need for February to continue to be designated Black History Month (”Time to end black history month?” Culture, Tuesday).

This nation owes a huge debt of gratitude to Carter G. Woodson, the father of Black History Month, for coming up with the idea of setting aside a period of time each year in February to bring to America’s attention the positive role black people played and continue to play in our evolving history. Their magnanimous achievements and contributions to our country are too numerous to mention here.

For too long, America’s story has been taught primarily as the white people’s story. New American history textbooks should be written in which a much better job is done of telling the true, unbiased story of how an enslaved people overcame overwhelming obstacles to make it possible for a black person to become president at the beginning of the 21st century.

The progress black people made in our country over the centuries came about through their own initiative. They had to demand the rights of citizenship, to vote and to be acknowledged as equal under the law. With the help of white people of good will, black leaders and black people in general led the way in making our country great by challenging us to live up to our professed belief in “liberty and justice for all.”

No one race of people is inherently superior to other races. There is only one race - the imperfect human race.


Louisville, Ky.

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