While it is crucial to teach Black & African American students and other groups about the Black experience in the United States; it will be a great intellectual injustice if we fail to teach them about the history of the African Diaspora, that is global blackness.
Our approach to Black History should be diasporic and pan-Africanist, not just regional and national, but also transcontinental and international, and beyond the North American politics and frontiers.
***I wrote the following statement on Sunday, February 2, 2020
In honor of Black History Month, beginning on Monday, February 3, 2020, I will be recommending some texts written by black writers and thinkers, from the United States, Africa, and the African Diaspora. I will recommend five books every day (Monday through Friday, and from February 3-29, 2020) that engage different disciplines or fields of learning such as history, education, law, philosophy, literature, religion, theology, biblical studies, sociology, psychology, anthropology, race studies, cultural studies, etc.
*** Every day is Black History Month.
Every day we celebrate human beings created in the image of God.
Every day we celebrate the gift of life and the gift of black life because black people and all people MATTER to God.