Black History Month has added meaning in 2009

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Frederick Barron, 17, a senior at North Atlanta High School in Atlanta, says the election of Barack Obama as the first African-American president is making Black History Month come to life.

"Barack Obama is opening our hearts and minds to the true meaning of Black History Month," Barron said. "African Americans won't be viewed as just a minority but as people who make a difference."

Obama's election, and this year's 100th anniversary of the NAACP, means there has probably never been more reason to celebrate the annual February observance, black leaders and historians say.

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