Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Black History Month and Beyond

I've had the privilege to meet Rosa Parks and to be in the same room with Maya Angelou as she recited poems in her soothing yet powerful lyrical voice. Those kind of moments are invigorating. It's as if those moments hug you and whisper to your soul: "remember me".

I reserved this post until the last day of Black History Month because it seems like people are all jazzed about black history come the beginning of February but by the middle of the month most of all the hype has fizzled down.

Hopefully this post will light your fire to remember that learning about black history isn't designated to one month, learning about people and cultures could never be squeezed into a day, a month or even a year. There's so much to learn about every culture that you have to make it a life pursuit to be enriched by the diversity of all the poeple God created. That's why I'll never buy into the whole, let's make our society "colorblind" rhetoric. I don't want to be colorblind, nothing about God and His creation is bland, one look at the sunset or the array of flowers is proof that God likes color. So instead of being colorblind and trying to cover peoples' obvious melanin differences, I say we should embrace them in all their cultural glory, but remember that the most important color is red, that is the heart that beats inside all of us. So I present you with my Black History and Beyond list because Black History Month symbolizes more than celebrating black history, it's one ripple in the pond for celebrating all our contributions in the American society.

Also, be sure to check out your local library for all kind of cultural events that take place year round.

Black History interests:

  • Google Jo Ann Robinson, a black civil rights activist
  • Check out Henry Hampton at PBS
  • Watch 10,000 Black Men Named George

Hispanic American interests:

  • Read some books by Isabel Allende
  • Learn about Hispanic Heritage Month

Asian American interests:

  • Check out Camy Tang's blog

Middle Eastern American interests:

"[God] causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous." - Matthew 5:45


n2justice said...

Thanks for the comment on my blog!

I enjoyed this post very much. Some nice reminders there. And I love the observations about being "colorblind".

afterafterhours said...

i met my wife at a Maya Angelou poem reading concert. It was awesome! As always great site! good stuff.

afterafterhours said...

sorry, jamey johnson comes up as afterhours - that is our new site for our gen x group at our church - is my official site still. - peace.

SolShine7 said...

n2justice, I'm glad you enjoyed my post. thanks for stopping by.

Jamey, that's so cool that you met your wife there. What a memorable event!