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February is Black History Month

February is Black History Month

Halfway through Black History Month, it’s important to make sure we’re getting involved.

As the shortest month of the year, it’s no surprise that February flies by. The 15th may have caught us by surprise, so it’s especially important that we pause and set an intention for the remaining two weeks. Specifically, we’d like to urge you to take the time to think about what we’ve done – and might do – to celebrate and to honor, Black History Month.

This gives us an opportunity to pause and reflect on the incalculable ways black lives have shaped our country as well as our culture. While we often highlight well-known names like MLK, Harriet Tubman, and Malcolm X, February is an ideal time to explore lesser-known black heroes (e.g. Bill Pickett, Harriet Jacobs). It’s also a great time to think about how we engage with the black community, whether we’re a part of it or it’s an opportunity to explore how we might become more engaged. This community has brought so much to our country – from social progress to great music – and our lives are enriched by exploring it!

While Black History Month does give us a glance at how far we’ve come, it’s clear we don’t yet enjoy a completely equal society. From police violence to discrimination in the arts (e.g. this year’s Oscar nominations), it’s important that we prioritize racial equality in America. The latest The Maria Sanchez Show program, Shadow Politics, will explore this issue – among others facing our nation. Join Senator Michael D. Brown and I on Sundays at 4:00 p.m. PST/7:00 p.m. EST by tuning in!

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