FILM -- February 16, 2012 at 5:33 PM EDT
End Black History Month? Weigh In With 'More Than a Month' Filmmaker
Filmmaker Shukree Tilghman of the film "More Than a Month." Photo courtesy of Independent Lens on PBS.
Updated 11:07 a.m. Friday, Feb. 17. | Join Hari Sreenivasan and African-American filmmaker Shukree Tilghman here on Friday at 3 p.m. ET for a social screening of the film, "More Than a Month." You'll have a chance to view the film in its entirety and weigh in on the issues live online.
In "More Than a Month," Tilghman sets off on a cross-country road trip to campaign for an end to Black History Month under the premise that black history is, in fact, American history. Wearing a sandwich board stating his cause, he stands on street corners in cities across America and opens a dialogue about whether marking African-American history during the coldest, shortest month of the year is actually a disservice.
Along the way, he talks to historians, scholars, marketing experts and family members about how they view Black History Month and its role in a "post-racial" America.
On Thursday's PBS NewsHour, Sreenivasan interviewed Tilghman and other documentary filmmakers from Independent Lens' Black History Month series.
Finally, teachers can access a story and lesson plan about the film and Black History Month via NewsHour Extra.