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  • Follow this filmmaker on a humorous campaign to end Black History Month.

    Follow this filmmaker on a humorous campaign to end Black History Month.

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  • The filmmaker pounds the pavement for black history.

    The filmmaker pounds the pavement for black history.

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  • Does Confederate history mesh with black history?

    Does Confederate history mesh with black history?

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  • Learn about Philadelphia's innovative black history requirement.

    Learn about Philadelphia's innovative black history requirement.

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  • Where It's At with Shukree and Marco!

    Where It's At with Shukree and Marco!

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  • Director Shukree Tilghman wears a protest sign in Harlem

    Director Shukree Tilghman wears a protest sign in Harlem

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  • Director Shukree Tilghman with his mother

    Director Shukree Tilghman with his mother

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  • Director Shukree Tilghman with Dr. Steve Frank of the Philadelphia Constitution Center

    Director Shukree Tilghman with Dr. Steve Frank of the Philadelphia Constitution Center

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  • Elizabeth Janczewski, Masterman High School Student speaks to director Shukree Tilghman.

    Elizabeth Janczewski, Masterman High School Student speaks to director Shukree Tilghman.

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  • Student at the Walter D. Palmer LLP Charter School

    Student at the Walter D. Palmer LLP Charter School

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  • Director Shukree Tilghman with Brandon Dorsey, of the Sons of Confederate Veterans

    Director Shukree Tilghman with Brandon Dorsey, of the Sons of Confederate Veterans

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  • Director Shukree Tilghman in Philadelphia

    Director Shukree Tilghman in Philadelphia

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The Film

Shukree Hassan Tilghman, a 29-year-old African-American filmmaker, sets out on a cross-country campaign to end Black History Month. He stops in various cities, wearing a sandwich board, to solicit signatures on his petition to end the observance. He explains that relegating Black History Month to the coldest, shortest month of the year is an insult, and that black history is not separate from American history. Through this thoughtful and humorous journey, he explores what the treatment of history tells us about race and equality in a “post-racial” America.

His road trip begins in Washington, D.C., crisscrosses the country during Black History Month 2010, and ends with an epilogue one year later. Each stop along the journey explores Black History Month as it relates to four ideas: education, history, identity, and commercialism.

Tilgman’s campaign to end Black History Month is actually a provocative gambit to open a public conversation about the idea of ethnic heritage months, and whether relegating African American history to the shortest month of the year — and separating it from American history on the whole — denigrates the role of black people and black culture throughout American history. But it is also a seeker’s journey to reconcile his own conflicting feelings about his own identity, history, and convictions.

More Than a Month is not just about a yearly tradition, or history, or being black in America. It is about what it means to be an American, to fight for one’s rightful place in the American landscape, however unconventional the means, even at the risk of ridicule or misunderstanding. It is a film is about discovering oneself.

The Filmmakers

  1. Shukree Hassan TilghmanDirector
  2. Owen CooperProducer