Black History – Contemporary
Each year, Black History Month is ushered in with mild fanfare from Black folks and Whites. As some of my students told me, “We probably don’t need it anymore because we learned it all in school already.” (Don’t worry I took me about 2 minutes to blow that assertion out of the water) Still, I think it’s important to contribute to the work that our ancestor Carter G. Woodson initiated. Black History has been and should be a living history. With that being said, I’ve decided to contribute to the project. All too often, we compartmentalize the utility of our history. “Teach the children their history so they know who they are(were).” History must apply to the contemporary contours of life. If it doesn’t, we risk making Black history, the present, and the future a mockery. I’m creating a post category called BHC which stands Black History-Contemporary. These posts, in my humble opinion, reflect Black History but are pertinent in the contemporary day and age. For those reading, most will acknowledge Black history is relevant, but how do we agree on yesterday’s meaning for today’s relevance? The posts will be short, feel free to share you thoughts.
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