Black History Month: Filmmaker Shukree Hassan Tilghman says we don't need one

Filmmaker Shukree Hassan Tilghman not only questions why we relegate Black History Month to the bleakest part of the winter, he maintains that black history is a part of American history that doesn't need to be recognized by its own month.

To promote his argument, Hassan set off across the country campaigning for his theory by wearing a sandwich board and holding a petition, filming all the way, tongue firmly in cheek.

The finished result, More Than a Month, aired on PBS stations nationwide in February as part of the Independent Lens series, no doubt is setting off conversations everywhere about contemporary race and politics. Denver's as ripe a place as any for that kind of dialogue, and so we'll get a more communal look at the film at 7 p.m. tonight at the Denver FilmCenter, in conjunction with RMPBS's Community Cinema program.

The screening is free; get more details at the RMPBS website. A preview follows.

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