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Years ago, a friend and professional colleague in Virginia asked me why white people only pay attention to African American history during Black History Month. We shouldn’t. We should pay attention all year because black history is inextricably interwoven with white history, U.S. history, North American history, and world history.

It’s the history of all of us in this human family.

 

“If I’m going to live in this town, and live with myself, I must opposite hatred and prejudice in any way that I can.” Daisy Bates, Little Rock, 1957

“We do not choose our past. We inherit it. Thus, in all our most essential traits, we do not choose our identity. We have to live with it.” Paul K. Conkin, “Hot, Humid, and Sad,” Journal of Southern History LXIV:1 (February 1998)

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Freelance writer and independent scholar Stephanie Harp holds a master’s degree in the history of the U.S. South, for which her research topic was a 1927 lynching in Little Rock, Arkansas.  She has presented her writing and research at Identity*Memory*Testimony (2012), PechaKucha Night No. 1, Bangor, Maine (2011), the Arkansas Historical Association annual conference “Roads to Salvation” (2000), and the University of Maine’s History Department (1999). In early October she presented a paper and participated in Without Sanctuary, a conference about lynching at the Center for the Study of the New South.

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