February has been designated the month for acknowledging events, people and some of the history of African-Americans. Though this is the month Black history is celebrated on a national level, the achievements of people of color should be studied and acknowledged every day. The history of the journey from Africa to America and from plantations to the White House is rich and inspiring. It is saddening and joyous. Most of all it is a lesson in what human beings can endure and rise above.
I remember when I was young hearing people say, “You can’t know where you’re going until you know where you’ve been.” It took a long time for me to understand what this meant, but I finally got it. My understanding is that if a person doesn’t know their family or cultural history they may not see all of who they are. They may be unaware of the strength, intelligence and beauty that lives inside of them; the gifts that have been given to them by those who came before them. Your history is like a foundation for you to stand on, it lets you know who you come from, who you are and what you are capable of.
This week I challenge you to learn something new about African-American history and about your family history. Talk to your parents and grandparents about your family tree. You may learn something about your family and yourself that you never knew.
Please write and tell me about what you learned. I can’t wait to hear from you!
Have a fantastic week, and remember…..
Always do you,