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Celebrating Black History Month at York College

Don't say nothing happens in Queens! York College is having their annual read-in this week. Discussing their new books are Bill Cosby I Didn't Ask to be Born (But I'm Glad I Was) and Frank Savage The Savage Way, Successfully Navigating the Waves of Business and Life. This Thursday, February 6th at 7-8:30pm in the Milton G. Bassin Performing Arts Center, doors open at 6pm for a special black history month presentation. The event is free and public but space is limited.

If you want to enrich your life and learn, this is what the York College Continuing Ed and other community outreach programs are designed for so take full advantage. Such programs are available through many organizations! Sign up for something worthwhile. Pursue your real, true interests (like writing your very own autobiography). Join a mailing list that sends you, not game requests, but invitations to possible life altering events and opportunities. You don't have to have spent a day in college or know anybody who has in order to benefit. Once you're directly connected to their system of resources and information, those who are in the know will keep letting you know. And you deserve to know! That's what black history month is all about - allowing yourself more chance to be all you were meant to while acknowledging your foundation.

The idea of there even being a Black History Month is quite controversial for some for various reasons. Some find it offensive because of how far they've come, they see it as only another negative reminder of this tortured past, a way to throw it in our face that we are nothing but a minority. Others feel as though it is cheap because black history exists every day. Some feel as though it is wrong that it is in the shortest month of the year. Many others find the term Black to be an issue, especially with the huge cultural mix our communities have become in the past few decades, people struggle to define Black. Yet, even more than the question, What is Black is the question of what is black history. So the chance to commemorate having had to come from fighting to be able to learn to read and go to school to now having yearly read-ins by renowned African-American authors is one worth taking, worth appreciating.

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