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We’re getting rid of Black History Month. No, this is not us standing in solidarity with Stacey Dash. This is an extension of Black History Month.

Black History Month is a glorious celebration of our contributions to the world. But it’s only a month. There have been decades of complaints about black history being limited to one month—the shortest month of the year, at that—but The Root is prepared to do something about it.

We have decided to drop the “month” and continue to celebrate #BlackHistoryForever. It is up to us to continue to shine light on the amazing things we have done and continue to do because we can’t count on anyone else to do it for us (ahem … #OscarsSoWhite).

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Schools have debated eradicating black history from the curriculum altogether. That’s completely unacceptable. The whole reason Carter G. Woodson created the celebration of black history in 1926 was that he noticed we were not being represented in history lessons. His bold declaration should continue today because we have a history worth learning. So it’s our responsibility to teach.

So join us as we drop the “month” and replace it with “forever,” because black history is forever!

#BlackHistoryForever.