SHREVEPORT, La. - For more than 33 years, the African American History Parade has helped educate and celebrate the contributions Black Americans have made to the nation. It's an annual tradition that took on a different look in 2021 due to the pandemic. There was no parade, but the celebrati…

(CNN) — February marks Black History Month, a federally recognized, nationwide celebration that calls on all Americans to reflect on the significant roles that African-Americans have played in shaping US history. But how did this celebration come to be – and why does it happen in February?

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Black History Month is a time to recognize the important role of Black individuals in American history and celebrate their achievements while acknowledging that there is still work to be done in the movement toward racial equality. To help you reflect on what Black History Month means, we've…