02/25/2014 09:39 am ET Updated Feb 25, 2014

Is Black History Month Still Needed?

ATLANTA -- They were born long after the Jim Crow laws that officially divided American society were banished to history's dustbin. Their lives began more than 20 years after Martin Luther King was assassinated, and just 20 years before the nation elected the first black president.

They are African-American 20-somethings, members of the so-called post-racial era that began with President Obama's election, whose lives have been lived largely free of overt racism.

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