I'm not really qualified to comment on the politics of Black History Month, however. As long as it's around, though, it's about time I did my share. Here it is.
The first African-American playmate ever was Miss March 1965 Jennifer Jackson.
The second African-American playmate and first black woman on the cover of Playboy: Miss October 1969 Jean Bell.
The first black woman to have a cover all to herself was the late Darine Stern, in October 1971, and it's one of the best covers ever.
The first black Playmate of the Year was the utterly gorgeous Reneé Tenison, who was Playmate of the Year in 1990, seen here with her identical twin sister. No, really.
The first African-born Playmate was Miss March 2008 Ida Ljungqvist, who went on to become Playmate of the Year 2009.
There have been plenty of other smoking hot black Playmates over the years. Here's a few.
Miss June 1975 Azizi Johari:
Miss January 2002 Nicole Narain:
And that's my contribution. They're all beautiful. Thank you, Playboy!