– Yvette Clarke
“We must never forget that Black History is American History. The achievements of African Americans have contributed to our nation’s greatness.”
My hands have been still. My mouth has been closed. But my eyes and ears have been wide open. Soaking in knowledge. Basking in new perspectives. And reveling in Black culture all month. Growing up I wasn’t very conscious of the importance of celebrating my culture for more than just the month. Of course I’ve written essays about “famous black people”, participated in Black History programs, and recited Martin Luther King Jrs'(revised) I Have A Dream speech several years when I was younger. But I wasn’t aware or involved in any avenues that spread continuous knowledge in this regard. Now that I’m older and have more access, I’ve been trying to make more of an effort to marvel in Black Excellence and learn everyday (cuz when you know better, you should do better). I just haven’t written about my journey this month because I was really processing everything and taking it all in (and low key slackin’ and procrastinatin’ and dealing with slight writers block lol). But now that I finally sat down to transform my thoughts into words for this blog, I realize it all seems like word vomit lol. Literally, I was spewing out all my jumbled views and emotions on one post and it was alot. I have waaaay too much to say to just bunch it all on one page. And I know y’all wont sit here and read basically a 5 page essay. So imma break it up a bit. Over the next few days I just want to share what I’ve seen, heard, and done during Black History Month 2019. And since Black History shouldn’t be, and is not, limited to one particular month, the information will still, and forever, be relevant. So please come back to read what I’ve taken away from watching; Remastered: The Two Killings of Sam Cooke, The Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s Fight for Civil Rights, Green Book, the Oscars, supporting Black Restaurant Week, and hearing Angela Davis speak.
Feel free to drop a comment about anything you’ve done or learned pertaining to Black History.