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Different politicians have different ways that they are honoring people of color for Black History Month. In North Carolina, Gov. Roy Cooper and his wife Kristin honored about 50 African American musicians and artists from the state during a reception at the Executive Mansion. One of those was Rhiannon Gidden, who received the MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant of $625,000 in 2017, reports the News Observer. Another was Jaki Shelton Green, who was named the North Carolina poet laureate; and the late Leon Hamlin, founder of the National Black Theater Festival in Winston-Salem, as well as his widow, Sylvia Sprinkle-Hamlin.