The Month History was Black

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Black History Month


Do you recall the time when the month history was black? Not black as in evil, dred, and despair. But black as in vibrancy, admonition, and production of influential black brilliance.

The month would always commenced with a moving speech from our brother Malcolm X. Reminding us that"once our freedom struggle is lifted from the confining civil rights label to the level of human rights, our struggle then becomes internationalized." His authentic demeanor would profoundly be followed by the graceful words of Martin Luther King Jr., W.E.B Du Bois, Walter F. White, Thurgood Marshall, and James Baldwin.

The people would remain assembled to reflect and ponder over the heart moving words from Langston Hughes, Lorraine Hansberry, Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, Marian Wright Edelman, and Maya Angelou who said "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did but people will never forget how you made them feel."

We would disperse and be off to our learning stations. Pen and paper was readily at hand to record the precious words of Benjamin Banneker, Booker T. Washington, Frederick Douglass, Kelly Miller, Benjamin E. Mays, Carter G. Woodson, John R. Lewis, and Jamaica Kincaid who said "writing is really such an expression of personal growth. I don't know how else to live. For me it is a matter of saving my life. I don't know what I would do if I didn't write. It is a matter of living in the deepest way.

We would also learn discipline, structure, and how to love ourselves from Cicely Tyson, David Walker, Huey P. Newton, Stokely Carmichael, BLM movement, and Nat Turner who said "remember that ours is not a war for robbery, or to satisfy our passions; it is a struggle for freedom."

At some point we would break for a little recreation with Hank Aron, Jackie Joyner Kersee, Muhammad Ali, Arthur Ashe, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Reggie Jackson, and Jack Johnson who said "for every point I'm given, I'll have earned two, because I'm a negro."

As we enjoyed ourselves, we couldn't help but to laugh as Richard Prior, Redd Foxx, Dick Gregory, Moms Mabley, and Flip Wilson kept the comedy coming. They were hilarious.

Afterwards, we'd go get cleaned up and go out to dinner. While eating out meal, we would be entertained by the likes of Louis Armstrong, James Brown, Chuck Berry, Nat King Cole, Sammy Davis Jr., Mahalia Jackson, Al Green, Ella Fitzgerald and Lena Horne who said "Its an irony, but as true as anything in this world; when you're poor you need, in a deep, aching kind of way, luxuries. You need them, psychologically, as you never do when you're well off."

Wow, we learned, we loved, we lived, we enjoyed our people.

The night would end with our womenfolk inspiring us to aim high like Rosa Parks, Sojourner Truth, and Coretta Scott King. Our molders of the mind would follow suit by encouraging us to aim beyond high, like Cornel West, Nelson Mandela, and Marcus Gravy who said "take advantage of every opportunity; when there is none, make it for yourself."

Madame Harriet Tubman would remind us like clock-work saying "I had reasoned this out in my mind; there was two things I had a right to, liberty and death. If I could not have one, I would have the other; for no man should take me alive."

Man, those were the times. And we would have these activities throughout the month. Those pioneers would breed us day after day, month after month until our offspring followed us , and so forth and so on. Dam, I miss when the month history was black

Submitted: February 22, 2021

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