Someone asked me the other day. Why should we be happy and settle on celebrating black history month once a year? I understood their question. Why isn’t black history talked about more often publicly? Why do we wait for our children school’s to touch on the topic once a year? Only sharing the stories of the well known; like Rosa Park or Fredrick Douglas when there are so many other amazing stories to explore and tell. In many cases, black history is being taught by educators, who really cannot comprehend or relate-a little to what they are teaching. How could they without living in a black shell, fully experiencing the struggles of the Black American?
So, why black history isn’t discussed more? Why isn’t it celebrated daily in black homes around the dinner table? Why not in our churches or urban community centers more frequently? Why aren’t blacks doing more to help ourselves within our own communities? Why? Because some blacks, not all, are still living or should I say existing with an enslaved mind. There will always, be hatred and racism towards blacks and anything that is not understood. But, we, as black people must first accept what happened then and appreciate and celebrate where we are now. And pave a path for those to follow, as our ancestors led a way for our present day.
Remove the shackles from the mind. Let the words of a book or the adding of your earnings; occupy the space of your mind. Focus on the now, not the past or things you cannot control.
Aspire to Inspire!
By Dawn M. Dean
Founder and Creative Director
Sisters like Us