Award winning actor Danny Glover wants to produce a film about Toussaint L'Overture and the Haitian revolution, but whites in the film industry have refused to finance this project because they say it "has no white heroes." Fourth grade teachers at Public School 201 in Flushing, Queens refused to allow their students to write about Malcolm X as part of Black History Month, saying he was "too violent." Many aggressive black men have been denied their rightful place as heroes in history because they fearlessly stood up against white oppression in a way that was strong, uncompromising and intimidating to most whites. Are we allowing whites to determine who can be celebrated as black heroes based on white standards? Can we choose to tell American history with its black heroes all hear round, and not just in February? Can we celebrate those who violently fought back and defeated their oppressors in the way we celebrate George Washington and the Revolutionary War? Lionel Nixon, grandson of Civil Rights organizer E.D. Nixon takes a look at some of the intentional ommissions in black history celebrations and how we can choose to redefine who is really a hero in the ongoing fight for dignity and justice.
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