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Black History Month: An important observance

The history of the African diaspora in a number of countries is celebrated during Black History Month.

In the US and Canada, it has been observed during February since 1976. In the UK, it is observed during October.  It is also known as African-American History Month.

Carter G. Woodson created Negro History Week so that African American history would be considered more significant within American history. According to historian John Hope Franklin,  Woodson expressed hope that Negro History Week would outlive its usefulness.

The observance is meant to promote awareness of African American history.  It is widely observed through local activities, at museums, at libraries and with television documentaries.

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Valentine’s Day: Share your love stories

Valentine's Day is 14 days away and millions of couples around the world prepare for the most romantic day in the year.

People also recall how it was celebrated generations ago. They may remember incredible and moving love stories of their own or of their ancestors.

We have all heard the love stories of our grandparents, great-grandparents or other ancestors. These may include a love that was separated or difficult due to distance, historical events, family disagreements or other reasons.

Even though times were much harder, somehow those impossible loves won out, the couple married and their love story lasted until contemporary times.

When I was younger, it was quite an opportunity to listen to some cringe-worthy love stories from my parents. The experience was more of a learning opportunity (as in a whistle-stop tour of how not to let a lady know about your affections).

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