It is absolutely Black History Month and the first week of celebration has now wrapped up. I came across some really great post by my fellow bloggers that I will be sharing in this post, however overall I am a little disappointed by the lack of blog coverage for Black History Month. Some, I’ve realized are boycotting because they feel like we should be celebrating black history beyond the month of February. While I agree, that is totally up to individuals and organizations to do that. Shape Community Center here in Houston does just that; they celebrate black history 365 days of the year from 9 am to 6 pm on most days. Other people are not celebrating so much because they believe that black history should celebrate everyone because yes indeed, “All lives matter.” And they are absolutely entitled to that opinion.
As for me and my blog, we will honor my Black, my African, my beautiful history and heritage for everything that it is.
I started the month off giving a different perspective of what others believe it is like for black people growing up in Mississippi due to it’s highly publicized history of racial inequality in my Growing Up Black and Proud in Mississippi post. I encourage you to compare my experience with Bree’s experience in her post, Young Black Girl in (mostly) White Suburbia.
So let’s hop into it shall we:
Best of Black History: Week One Round Up
This week started off with a celebration of life for two black historians,
Founder of Earth, Wind, and Fire, Maurice White – This news received a ton of social media coverage from all sorts of blogs. I like the story posted on WSB Radio in Atlanta about Mr. Maurice White. The details of the articles shows that the person writing it actually did a bit of research before publishing a post just to gain the wave of traffic surrounding the news.
Then there is Miss Holly Hogrobrooks, a historian significant specifically to Houston. Miss Hogrobooks was a civil rights pioneer in the 1960’s, you know Texas be behind sometimes when it involves the progression of black people. Need I remind you of June-teenth *wink,wink*. I found this article on Chron, Houston civil rights pioneer Holly Hogrobrooks dies at 75. Of course, I didn’t really do an in depth search, but this was the only coverage I came across for her.
And with that, we move into our kick off posts with some coverage by
Marc Polite in his Black History Month 2016- Opening Remarks post, speaks on the significance of black history as being a part of American History and how it relates to the historical events happening in present day America.
In her post, The 13th Amendment: The first step down a LONG road, Bree at Unodoliadventures.com, delivers an often overlooked truth about the 13th Amendment, regarding it as a step along a path that we continue to travel today.
The next post, Lift Every Dream, takes us to Kayla as she recounts the message she received at the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration at Syracuse University with keynote speaker Dr. Marc Lamont Hill. She highlights her personal perspective of his message and the messages within our historical Negro National Athem, “Lift Every Voice.”
As if I have to remind you, February is also the month of love. Yes, I’m talking Valentine’s day but Andrea is talking Paying Homage to Black Love, hunny. Yassss! She covers all the awesome example of black love in her life, in the media as well as her own marriage of 18 yeas. You go girl! Definitely worth the read. Make em say “Awwww”.
What would our history be without a good rant like this one done by Sanaa Brooks, 5 Things Black Folks Fought For That They No Longer Do. While I don’t agree with everything she says, we can find some common ground along the lines of “Black people, we need to do better.” There is definitely room for growth in the areas she covered as well as many, many, many, many, others. I’m just saying.
I saved the best for last. I was so excited when I saw this. It isn’t a blog post though. It’s Twitter Moments, Honoring the Afro-Latinxs who left their mark on black history by Juliana Pache (@thecityofjules), an often overlooked part of our black history. This one is definitely, definitely worth looking into.
That’s is all for my week one Black History month round up. I am so looking forward to more awesome post coverage next week. To suggest a post you would like to be included in my weekly round up, please send me the link at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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