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February 23, 1992|G. DARREN TAYLOR | G. DARREN TAYLOR, an African-American who is a senior at Cal State Los Angeles majoring in broadcasting, commented on Black History Month and whether the one-month observance is a viable way to recognize the past achievements of African-Americans. He told The Times: and

The shortest month of the year is not long enough to encompass the entire scope of black history! Having said this, I believe that one needs to understand the historical climate that led to the establishment of Negro History Week (in 1926). Up until that time, "black history" was synonymous only with slavery, the underlying implication being that blacks had since made no significant contributions.

During the "black pride" movement of the '70s, black Americans decided that one week wasn't enough. Hence, Black History Month. Yet, black neighborhoods are ravaged by poverty and senseless violence.

Are we content to wallow in the glory of our past achievements, or will we recognize Black History Month for what it truly is--28 days in which to establish a united positive black voice that addresses the issues confronted by our people 365 days every year.

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