As a follower and supporter of the OneRace Movement it is both an honor and privilege to witness a movement that not only honors and acknowledges Black history, but also denounces white supremacy and racial and social injustices. As the struggle continues in many aspects of our current era, I find there is still a great need in society for the education of Black history to be a teachable moment for people of all races and creeds.
As a native of Atlanta, I grew up surrounded by educators and activists. Much of my childhood was framed by the culture of the Atlanta University Center and the legacy of one of it’s most prestigious alum, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Spending time on these campuses it was common for me to sit in on an African-American history lecture, or encounter a public ancestral libation ceremony. It was in my elementary school that I learned African dance, African drumming, Swahili, and celebrated Kwanzaa.
Why is black history so important?
Black history is valuable for the accurate relearning of information that has been taught inaccurately by systemic racism. Black history is important to encourage African Americans in their identity deficits.
Black history should be the opportunity for the pursuit of truth that every believer should have. This history should be understood not just for the sake of knowledge but also for the sake of intimacy. Without a heart for truth we have been unable to understand the weight of long term sustained trauma. The still untreated trauma of the failure of slavery reconstruction, Jim Crow laws, and the systematic oppression in our current reality has impacted our entire nation.
Celebrate Black people, Black history, Black achievement, Black culture, Black theology, and Black progress.
Every year during Black History Month I challenge myself and those closest to me to go deeper in understanding Black achievement and to affirm the God given dignity of Black people. Generally, we as Black people are faced with racial difficulty, and by necessity are fighting for our place in the world. Dr. King said, “freedom is never given voluntarily by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.” This demand for justice and liberation often precludes us and those around us from celebrating, honor, and reflecting on our progress. THIS. MUST. CHANGE.