Black History Month: Are We Celebrating our own History Sufficiently?

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As Black History Month comes to an end, I have been thinking about a question that was asked on the Frank Ski Show on WHUR 96.3, here in Washington DC – how do you celebrate Black History Month in the home? With this question, I was forced to face my own negligence and unappreciative behavior about my own history. So I asked a family member if she thought that we celebrated Black History Month as we should and she replied: “no, we don’t!” “She then went on to say: “we have gotten so accustomed to being told what to care about, how to celebrate through media that we, as a culture, have not taken on the full responsibility to keep our history relevant’. I could not help but to agree. So as this month has gone by I had been contemplating how I can celebrate or showcase this month in a monumental way in my own household so I did so digging.

 

Now, I am a lover of music and Apple products, so yesterday I was downloading music and came across the Black History Month music section. As I scrolled through the selection, they had speeches from our leaders and most influential in African American history, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm as well as Huey P. Newton – I had to DOWNLOAD! Then I got excited that here in Washington, DC – the Smithsonian will be opening the National Museum of African American History and Culture – located in the last space available by the National Mall. It amazes me how when we were kids we saw documentaries, biopics and read about the movement – the protests, the killings, speeches and I know personally I did not have a full appreciation of what the message and demand for freedom, equality and acceptance meant for us in the future. In this I feel I have not done our greatest crusaders, our soldiers’ justice. Now that my daughter is here, sure she will face challenges but I feel that the passion for learning and having courage is being drained from our community and we cannot lose what this was all for. Today we have an economic issue that we face but until we and our next generation grasp why we have to be more courageous, have a strong will and message to stand up for and taking ACTION making our culture stronger than it has ever been, we have to celebrate this month is in a bigger way – starting at home with our families. This year, I did not get to celebrate but I plan to listen to those speeches and self-reflect on what actions my family will be taking to honor and enhance our Black History Legacy – it’s our responsibility to never forget! Check out some of stories and what’s to come for our culture I have stumbled upon below….

Oh, and don’t forget to leave your suggestions and comments below….let’s start the conversation! And I just had a thought, who thought it was a great idea to give us one of the coldest months in year 🙁

National Museum of African American History and Culture

 

Martin Luther King, Jr. – The Man and The Dream

 

28 Ways to Celebrate Black History Month

 


 

 

 

 

 

 


5 Comments on Black History Month: Are We Celebrating our own History Sufficiently?

  1. Genese Leach
    March 2, 2015 at 11:41 am (3 years ago)

    I am so proud of you. And yes, we have to continue to celebrate our legacy everyday – not just during a month. While it is great to remember and I am grateful to have a whole month to be thankful for what so many brave leaders have done, we should always celebrate them daily. And yes teach my generation and the future generation of the importance of our legacy and how to be thankful for what we have. We have come far but have so far to go.

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    • Mami N Charge
      March 17, 2015 at 8:15 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you for commenting Genese. We have to get conscious of how we honor our past leaders and their sacrifices in the present. We have come so far but we still have a ways to go. I am hopeful for us though.

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  2. Stacy Skogstad
    April 12, 2015 at 1:52 pm (3 years ago)

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    • Mami N Charge
      April 14, 2015 at 8:31 pm (3 years ago)

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