Barack Obama cautions against separating Black history, stating, "We are the descendants of enslaved people."
Barack Obama delivers a 237 word address on Black History Month.
The former president warns against treating Black History Month as separate from American history.
Obama emphasizes that the month is about more than just highlighting famous moments and individuals.
The purpose of Black History Month is to recognize and celebrate the shared experiences of all Black Americans.
Obama stresses the importance of an honest examination of the past.
He argues that understanding history is crucial for creating a better future.
Midway through the address, Obama switches from speaking about all Americans to focusing on the descendants of enslaved people.
He highlights the important contributions of Black Americans throughout history.
Obama writes that Black Americans stand on the shoulders of giants and countless unnamed heroes who fought for equality and justice.