After years of celebrating Black History Week and pressing for more observance of the contributions African Americans have made to history, and in celebration of our bicentennial in 1976, President Gerald Ford officially recognized Black History Month. While this was a major step towards equality, it is also a glaring indictment on American culture and the lack of sensitivity to people of color. How many other months for people of color or origin are needed before the textbooks accurately depict our history and the many contributions that people from all walks of life from every part of the world, have made?
Like millions of others, I didn’t get to visit Downton Abbey this week. I was a bit lost Sunday evening. Sure, the Motion Picture Academy offered some alternate programming, but it just didn’t fill the void. So I channel surfed and ultimately dozed off unfulfilled.