28 Feb A Toast To Black History Month
Black History Month
As this month ends, I didn’t want it to close without reflecting on Black History Month. Recently, I asked a friend how this month affected her. Her reply was on point.
“Black History Month for me hasn’t really been a concept as in my family we always felt that every month should be Black History Month. My family felt it was important for a little black girl such as myself to know who I am and where we came from. We were taught that though February is the official month observed in this country, to celebrate yourself EVERYDAY!”
I loved this and think it rings true for everyone. To me, it doesn’t matter what a person’s color, station, title or career is. What matters is their actions. How they treat others, when no one is looking. What matters is their heart. For the heart speaks in deeds and truths. It took me a while to mature and learn these things but like another friend reminds me, “ Its about progress not perfection”.
Although we face racism, discriminations and injustices on the daily, as a collective we have come far! Let’s toast to those who went before us, those who fight for us still. Let us be resilient in the face of adversity.
Inaugural Speech of Nelson Mandela 1994
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
Blog Post Written by: Sarah Jones-Malaqui