Observe: Now and Later

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Black History Month supporters argue that the observance is more important than ever due to today's social climate, and necessary until people of color are equally represented in textbooks and in the classroom. Opponent John Wiley Price (the only black county commissioner in Texas) is boycotting Black History Month because he's tired of being bombarded with speaking invitations in February — and none the other 11 months of the year. As Morgan Freeman said in a recent 60 Minutes interview, "I don't want a Black History Month. Black history is American history." Whether you support the holiday or not, the accomplishments and contributions that African-Americans have made to our history and culture should be celebrated. Join in this weekend at the Safety Harbor Library by enjoying a performance by singer Louise Battle, poetry readings, a special "Black Deaf Americans" presentation and more. Sat., Feb. 4, 3-5 p.m., 101 Second St. N., Safety Harbor, free admission, 727-724-1525.

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