Start the drums. Start the dancing. Start the testimonies.
Black History Month is back. And in 2014, I’m talking about a subject “The Centerpiece”.
What is a centerpiece? We see them all the time around Christmas, Thanksgiving, the 4th of July, and many other major holidays on the Calendar. In this, I’m “breaking american” yet again of this: Black History Month needs to have a “Centerpiece” in every home of African-Americans, and African related families in the world. The centerpiece is not just setting the table and preparing for dinner. But it’s also taking in the occasion in which is to come. Henceforth, the month of celebrating Black History should be an option.
Ok. Here we go. Why this month of February? Why can’t we celebrate this Black History thing everyday like the other ethnic folks? Don’t get me started. Many of us either black and non black had to go to Facebook, or any other form of social media, the Grio and comment either the positive and negative of the celebration. Don’t forget, Black History Month is not just recognizing our achievements of the past and the present. But it’s a way to celebrate us (as in Black people, as in African decent) of yes we can do things. It is a solemn reminder of when we came, and what we should be meant to hypothesize.
February was chosen due to the influence of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. Both of their birthdays are in the same week in which are February 12-14. And it was the brainchild and influence of Dr. Carter G. Woodson in which that we need to reflect on our history at African decent folks. I was listening to WNOV today. Yes The Forum with Sherwin Hughes. He had on a guest of the name Oshi Adelabu who really dropped serious knowledge on why Black History Month is around. He also dropped real serious topics about us black folks don’t really know our history as much as the other ethnics. If anyone in America, or in Milwaukee had a chance to listen to him, you probably got lectured on a different level. And he did address the concerns of those who are our children who don’t care about the history. And the reason being, partially many of the adults don’t really go into the deep reason of the hidden stories of lynchings, hangings, inside discrimination, the first Egyptians being black (in which they were) or telling blacks not to go into the doors that whites used to go. I think our generation (the lower half of Gen X, Y, Millennials) were and are shielded from the extreme part of it and many of us don’t care. It’s sad to say but it is. Want a prime example: go to the Instagram and look at those bogus pics like, “Pookie and them were the first blacks to get turnt up in the club drinking Hennessy.” You mean to tell me that we would poke fun at those who have blazed trails, set new foundations, and declare holy hell on those who feel that this occasion that was started in 1926 is a joke of a failure? No its not a joke of failure because those who made the joke or the bad assumptions felt cheated because we haven’t learned the deep gist of the occasions. Of what it supposed to be. Yet, many years ago, I didn’t understood a lick of why black history month exists. But as I grew older and to appreciate the value of our summarizing our ancestors, and what is going on now, it has become to me a staple. More like a centerpiece celebration. I mean “every occasion” has a centerpiece.
Now many are those feeling differently, that we should look at our historical figures and events everyday. I agree.
Now many (here it comes)often comment that we need to teach our children more. I AGREE.
BUT: For those of us who are actually saying this, (and are black) when was the last time you took time out of your schedules from the mall, your social media folks, your “militant” viewpoints per say, your religion, your active community work, your talk about legalizing mary jane, your activism (even though most of that started in the church), your shopping as a tax time baller, your music on your playlist, your other needs and concerns of buying Air Jordans, your favorite editorial in the paper or magazine, your blog postings in which you got so many likes because of fashion, your job, your friends of your homies or female gatherings, technological, or any other ideal to talk about Black History! I see “some” are talking. But not many are doing! You may say it on Instagram or Facebook in a expressive manner, or on a soap box, but are you “actually doing” the J.O.B. in the extent of what was learned back in your day in the classroom or in the Family? If so, When? Since last week? Or what about last year? What about 6 months ago? Or 6 weeks ago? Or what, just now?!!!!!
And on a further question: who says that you have to learn all of the cultrual events of black history in 28, sometimes 29 days in February?
One of the NPHC Fraternities, Iota Phi Theta has a quote that they say among their brotherhood, “It only takes a few weeks to pledge, but it takes a Lifetime to be a Brother”. I would like to paraphrase, with respect to them and with Black History Month, It only takes a few weeks to celebrate Black History Month, but it takes a lifetime everyday to learn Black History Month. Notice the difference? The keywords are celebrate, lifetime and everyday.
I was looking at the Global Grind website. And it featured Eunique Jones, you know the woman behind the “Because of them we can” campaign? She commented that Black History Month should empower us black folks to get active. In our communities, businesses, and many other black owned featured establishments. This is one of things we need to grasp. On the real, some of us in these categories do give mad respect of those who paved the way and blazing trails now – This is a constant reminder. That would be like, oh we hearing and seeing President Obama everyday. Yes that is a fact. However: never EVER overstep the fact of what got him there in the first place. Without that kind of leaves a lack of knowledge.
Some say that Black History is American History. – To an extent. But yet again, I have to “Break American” to say that Black History is not just American History my non black folks. It’s also really part of WORLD HISTORY. Think about it! Many contributions that most folks were and are dedicated to, were black. And that is the part of Black History, that NO ONE should not pass up, no skip. No matter what was shown, and what was shielded. We all deserve to know. It doesn’t matter what year it was. Or era of movement. Or any other time, place, and figures. Black History Month is not racist. It’s wasn’t made to degrade or to shoot mouths off. Yes, I do see the other ethnic months, even Women’s History Month in March. You other ethnics who have months that are not a recognizable, don’t blame Black History Month of overshadowing your ethnic/gender months! You all better stand out as if it was your best day of the week. I hate to say this, but I would assume that of that notion.