January 7, 2011 2:19 AM

Commentary: Don't let Beck, Barbour rewrite African-Americans' story

Every January we hear Martin Luther King's great speech. Every February, school kids dress up as black inventors or social leaders. But there is in us -- meaning the African-American community -- a marked tendency to avoid the grit, gristle and grime of our history. The telling of those stories is neither institutionalized nor even particularly encouraged. It is time for that to change.

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