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Black History Is American History


Black History Month started as Negro History Week in 1926.

The idea was to highlight African American achievements throughout American history. But the transport of enslaved Africans to the American shore started 400 years ago. Most agree, a month just isn’t enough time.  

Today on All Sides, we talk about black history as American history. 


  • Hasan Kwame Jeffries, African-American History and Associate Professor, The Ohio State University
  • Marilyn K. Howard,  American History and African American History Professor, Columbus State Community College
  • Keisha Gibbs, manager, Columbus Metropolitan Library’s Martin Luther King Branch 

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