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Google commemorates the start of Black History Month

As February 1st begins Black History Month, our country is reminded of the struggles, successes, trials, and tribulations throughout history and the heroes that emerged throughout the years.

Google commemorated the first of the month by dedicating its Google Doodle to abolitionist, humanitarian, and renowned antislavery activist Harriet Tubman. Check out some historic renditions and dedications to Tubman above and be sure to check out the AP's Interactive Black History Month display.

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red65malibuss February 11 2014 at 12:02 PM

Boy the N's sure would be upset if us whites wanted a WHITE HISTORY MONTH. That wouldn't be fair would it.

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numbersdonotlieh February 03 2014 at 3:47 PM

Please take a look at this: http://www.wisdompubs.org/book/dreaming-me .

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mullinsmry February 03 2014 at 1:32 AM

Black history is important and celebrated because it's the richest history there is. No other race was treated as the black race was, and yet, we've overcome. Saying that black history shouldn't be celebrated is like saying that the Bible shouldn't exist and shouldn't be preached about, talked about, and taught. Beginning in the 17th century, millions of African people were kidnapped, enslaved, and shipped across the Atlantic to the Americas under horrific conditions that frequently resulted in starvation and death. Nearly 2 million people died at sea during the agonizing journey. For the next 2 centuries the enslavement of black people in the US created wealth, opportunity, and prosperity for millions of Americans. Just as recently as June 2013, at the request of Alabama officials, the US Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the most significant remedial statue of the civil rights era, the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Alabama state and local elected officials have fought against the implementation of remedial statues and decisions designed to protect voting, educational, and employment rights for African Americans since the end of slavery. The court's decision revives debate about the history and meaning of Southern resistance to remediation for African American victims of racial injustice. Slavery, decades of racial terror, legally sanctioned racial subordination, and segregation all have left an enduring legacy. How we discuss and confront this legacy will have profound implications for our future. From the administration of criminal justice to the myriad ways in which many people of color remain disadvantaged, race continues to matter. The Equal Justice Initiative believes that a more informed understanding of America's racial history and the challenges it creates is vital to developing a healthier and more respectful local, state, and national identity. Reconciliation with a difficult past cannot be achieved without truthfully confronting history and finding a way forward that is thoughtful and responsible. Hopefully, more information fosters greater knowledge and honest dialogue, and deepens our collective commitment to a just society. We have within us the capacity to transcend our history of racial injustice. But we shall overcome only if we engage in the important and difficult work toward reconciliation that lies ahead. You are invited to join us in our work on the legacy of racial inequality. So, don't fight against something you don't understand. Instead, educate yourself on black history, and you will certainly understand the importance of setting aside a time of recognition. You probably don't know this, but Black History was a course that was taught in the schools. It was only after segregation that the texts books became obsolete and the course no longer taught.

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munchenag February 03 2014 at 2:34 AM

Move on and forget there are black, green, pink, white and rainbow people. Stop for the love of humanity to drool on the unfortunate history and events from centuries ago. Your melting pod never melted because of people much like yourself. Nazis decimated Poles, Jews, the Roms and now Poles work in Germany, they are a part of the same EU, there is friendship, and there is PEACE. Celebrate whatever you want to celebrate, but please, for the benefit of all, be graceful about it. And again, move on. Move on, because your history, with all due respect to your accomplishment in the arts and sports is not really (no pun intended) all that relevant to the modern civilization as we know it.

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sdtrekker February 04 2014 at 10:50 AM

If you think for one minute that the Germans do not distinguish between Germans and Poles, you are very much mistaken. Germany has to constantly work to keep itself under control as there are many groups that would exercise their xenophobia at the first opportunity. That is not living with PEACE.

Maybe we could ask for suspension of Black History Month after we have had one month for each year slavery was allowed in the USA. But the reality is that we study White Version of History the other 11 months of the year.

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dan_crabtree February 03 2014 at 1:06 AM

blacks now acccount for some 24% of the populations since the last census was taken..in reality they are no longer are the only minority race in this nation..that crown now goes to the arab/indians immigrants but there surpassed by hispanics now as well so as the america culture changes to the south american culture with the legalization of some twenty million plus new hispanic residents we seem to still cater and cater some more to blacks and now hispanics as well.... the only real minority in america remains the american indian In reality... .....how-ever that said the american indian just falls deeper into the "real minority bracket"as number one.....still ignored and neglected in anything and everything...

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lyinbarack February 03 2014 at 1:12 AM

WRONG! Blacks remain @ 13%.

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edgarlongenecker February 03 2014 at 12:57 AM

Is the sculpture, by, Schnittmann...???

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mlegacyent February 03 2014 at 12:50 AM

Should have written: Wow, the ignorance of those who take issue with Black History Month. Look outside your immediate space, and some don't have to look very far, and you will see that things are no where near equal.

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jea509 February 03 2014 at 1:10 AM

Your 100% correct. The rest of us have to work for a living!

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jeffwiz14 February 03 2014 at 1:45 AM

so, you say that things are nowhere near equal.
and yet you claim taking issue with this inequality is ignorant.
that is quite stupid.

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Larry February 03 2014 at 12:42 AM

Why does color make a difference as to what month it is?

We can't change history, we can only make sure it doesn't repeat itself.

There is NO ONE alive today that had anything to do with the way people were once treated. For anyone today to blame the present population for events in the history of people, they would be grasping for straws. To believe that we today owe anyone for what someone else did is an error. We owe them only a promise that it will Never happen again....... Slavery and the Holocost is a blemish that should NEVER be repeated, only to be remembered.

It is up to the people of today to realize mistakes were made, without blame or judgement. If a person is ONLY focused on the color of someone else, they are the problem. If a person today is ONLY focused on those mistakes, they are the problem.

Children today do not know color, look at any day care center during play time. They learn color from people around them. A childs opinion of another race comes from someone else, it is more visible as they grow up.

We need to focus on the History of, not only our country, but the History of others as well. To single a time period for the history of one color is NOT the history of America. Everyone suffered, not equally, but everyone suffered. AND Everyone Learned !!

Any person should be proud of their Heritage, but one is not better than the other. We each have our own qualities and faults. I will never walk on water, unless it is raining or frozen, but that doesn't mean I can't walk.

If home is where the heart is, as they say, then Racism is where your brain is.

In combat, my brothers had no color, each of them had their own skills that I depended on.

I don't have friends of a certain color, I have "Friends" !

I am old enough to remember when color made a difference. I have witnessed the changes in our History, vocabulary and opinions.

The racists of today, don't want change, they want to blame someone else or something for their opinion. Not everyone believes the way they do and it's sad that they get the publicity.

My race is not the only race on this earth. I can be proud of it, the same as anyone else is proud of theirs. I didn't decide my race, it was given to me, the same as the country I was born in. Who do I blame for my race and nationality?? Actually no one is to blame, since I am to blame for my opinions and actions, how can that be the fault of another race ??

Something to think about........................... & I don't want history to repeat itself, I want it to be better day by day, than it once was. People once lived in caves and they built houses, they were happy in caves....... ?? Why did they build houses ?? It wasn't their Race or Nationality..... it was their Heart and their Brain. (Where is yours??)

(Vietnam Vet, 69-70, Age 67)

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mlegacyent February 03 2014 at 12:35 AM

Wow, the ingorance of those who take issue with Black History Month.

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lkfman February 03 2014 at 12:35 AM

Already seeing a few comments echoing my sentiments. Enough of this nonsense America, if you choose to keep this up, when are you going to add, white, yellow, red, brown, etc... history months? Why show favoritism towards one specific group of people based on skin color? Give it a break!!

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peerinto February 03 2014 at 12:44 AM

First you need to get off the Drugs. That statement is the reason why Black History needs to be told. look at television. Every show, every channel you turn to even the paper in your home town reflects white culture. 2014 and still people like you, Disgusting.

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bigdog2488 February 03 2014 at 12:31 AM

When do the AMERICAN INDIANS get their month.

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