I have been watching a lot of programming over the past few days surrounding Black History Month and I am loving every single minute of it. I have watched African American Lives (2 parts of it), Malcolm X and civil rights, the King Jr. movement, and other civil rights documentaries (ie: Muhammed Ali).
I would suggest that each and every one of us take this month to learn about the history of the African American community and the struggles they endured. I think it is of pivotal importance to know the history of a people that have been brutalized in a free country and understand aspects of that pain.
Why is this important? Identity. I think it is key to know what struggles set a whole nation back from succeeding and what aspects of that still linger today – and how we can lend a hand to a solution of the problem – even if on this small level of knowing our roles in alleviating the pressures upon them or helping them develop their true self-worth by acknowledging their history and how great they were within it.
I really love watching history – it teaches me so much about the plights of the past and the way to the future. I am actually extremely proud of many of their leaders for the stances they both took and suffered for – and I want to honor them as my counter-parts by saying ‘in my history book – your stories mean as much to me as any I have read’.
I look back and I see the pain of these times from slavery to segregation and how this effected the whole society around them. This is Black History Month – lets learn the stories – let’s not be doomed to forgetting what happened in the past – God forbid we ever are doomed to repeat something like that. Here is to equality – pick up a remote and learn something new.