In 2006, Insight News published an article in which actor Morgan Freeman questioned if Black History Month (BHM) was still needed. The article, which appeared originally in the Chicago Defender, referenced an interview Freeman had with “60 Minutes” anchor Mike Wallace.
In the archived story, scholars and historians such as the late Conrad Worrill, former chairman of the National Black United Front, make an argument for why BHM is needed. Worrill did not agree with the “commercialization” of the month-long celebration, but agreed that Black Americans “still need February – and every day – to reflect on the accomplishments of Black Americans who contributed countless inventions and innovations into society.
Throughout this month -and beyond- Insight will re-publish work from its archives: photos, articles, past “Conversations w/ Al McFarlane” interviews, and covers.
Most importantly, we want to hear your thoughts. Let us know if you think BHM is still needed, or not. You can send your thoughts to our publisher Batala McFarlane at firstname.lastname@example.org, tag us in a post on social media using the hashtag #InsightBHM or start a conversation in the comment section of this article.