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They’re tweeting history lessons, memes, and the work that’s needed ahead.
This year’s Black History Month arrived at an unprecedented time, with our first black president having been replaced by a man who outwardly questioned his citizenship for years, a man who also recently picked bones with a prominent civil rights leader who happens to be the last living speaker from the March on Washington.
It’s a complicated moment in history, to say the least. Amid the circumstances, black politicians, activists, writers, and entertainment icons ushered in the country’s first post-Barack Obama era Black History Month with tweets of celebration, humor, and remembrance.
Happy Black History Month, folks! Though, for the record, spending a month learning about the black American history that’s been written out of history books should just be the beginning.
Samantha Grasso is a former IRL staff writer for the Daily Dot with a reporting emphasis on immigration. Her work has appeared on Los Angeles Magazine, Death And Taxes, Revelist, Texts From Last Night, Austin Monthly, and she has previously contributed to Texas Monthly.