Not everyone agrees with maintaining the month-long February tradition
By Haydn Watters, CBC News
February is Black History Month, a time to reflect, share and learn about the stories, experiences and accomplishments of Canada’s black community.
That means many educators will include the topic in their lesson plans.
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But is that the best model?
CBC News posed the question this past week while looking at the month-long celebration. In the U.S., critics such as actor Morgan Freeman, argue that black history is part of his country’s entire history and shouldn’t be confined to just one month. Others say setting aside the month is important for education.
We gave you a chance to weigh in, asking: How should we teach black history beyond Black History Month? Should black history be taught during Black History Month only? Does the one-month focus on the topic help or hinder?
The discussion coincides with the special Being Black in Canada, airing today at 5 p.m. ET on CBC News Network. The program, hosted by CBC News’ Asha Tomlinson, looks at the history of black activism in this country. Tomlinson joined the forum to chime in, give insight and answer questions.
You replied via CBC Forum, our new experiment to encourage a different kind of discussion on our website. Here’s a few of the most insightful, intriguing and thoughtful comments from the discussion.