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Chocolate City, a playful self-description of the capital’s predominantly African American population, was rich in public attractions, and not just in February, Black History Month.

I lived not far from Howard University, mothership of several national organizations long influential in Black America.

As discrimination flourished on other campuses across the country in the 1900s, Howard employed pantheonic thinkers such as Carter G. Woodson, deemed the father of Black history.

He’d initiated Black History Week celebrations starting in 1926.

Maybe one common bound of the new American majority includes people who appreciate facts and truths, people who commit to countering toxic spirits.

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