If we end black history month, do we end black history? Are serious, yea we do! Really?! On February 15, 2012, a flyer was posted on a residence hall building at Morehouse College which read, “End Black History Month.” Above the flyer was a picture of Morehouse alum, Martin Luther King, Jr. and beside him are black and gold letters that read, “More Than A Month.” By the next morning, students began to gather in front of the flyer to discuss the significance of Black History Month. Some students were shocked that such a blasphemous flyer would be posted on the Morehouse College campus. Well it was and the flyer was much needed.
On February 22, 2012, the film More Than A Month was screened to a crowd of more than 30 students from Morehouse College, Spelman College, and Clark Atlanta University. The PBS Community Cinema documentary, More Than A Month explores the ideas of the importance of Black History Month and its significance. Following the screening of More Than A Month there was a panel discussion which included Dr. Yohnace Murray, Morehouse professor, Addison De Moss ,Morehouse Student, and Tasha Bullock, Spelman student. The dialogue was amazing! Some students agreed with filmmaker Shukree Hassan Tilghman initiative to end Black History Month. For example, Robertson Bassy, Morehouse freshman, stated that it is ridiculous to believe that Carter G. Woodson only fought to have Black History Month recognized for one month. If he began at a week and then moved to a month then what was his third step? Mr. Bassy believes that there has to be a progression. However, he was one of the minorities who believed such. The majority of students felt that More Than A Month was a slap in the face to the pioneers of Black History and Black History Month.
The film has opened the flood gates of the masses to voice their opinions and concerns about Black History Month and for that reason alone we thank Mr. Shukree Hassan Tilghman. More Than A Month is a amazing film and we need more filmmakers like Shukree Hassan Tilghman who are willing to question the norms of society in a revolutionary way.