There are lots of other good resources for this history month, such as the Smithsonian's and the Association for the Study of African American Life and History - the founders of Black History Month (so if they call it "Black History Month"...) so I won't go into the timeline or the Civil Rights movement or all the Black leaders and artists and inventors etc. Instead, I will say this - the more I read about the history of Black people in America from many different sources, the more I realize:
Black people built America; and then gave it a beautiful and vibrant culture, including inventing jazz, blues, rock and roll and hip-hop - in other words the entire world's favorite music; and then gave us one of the best presidents of all time, and all of this while being treated like absolute shit - up to and including 300 years of being classified as property. There is no achievement to match this in the history of the world. America owes a debt to Black people that it will never be able to repay.That's what we should be thinking about for Black History Month.