When I opened Google on February 1, 2017, to my delight, Google wished me ‘Happy Black History Month’ highlighting Edmonia Lewis, an African-Native American sculptor born in New York on Independence Day 1844. On February 1, 2018, Google highlighted Carter G. Woodson, an Black American writer and historian considered the “Father of Black History.”
Go out and learn more about your history. Lots of times we discuss the great Black Americans who built this country and helped our community begin to grow and thrive. Now I want you to learn your history. Who are your parents? Who are your grandparents? Where do you come from? These are my children. I want them to know where they come, who they are, what great people came in our family before them.
Our children need to know and learn who the great famous Black women and men in world history. That is very important. But just as important is for them to know and learn who the great Black women and men in our family histories are. Make it a part of our Black History activities. Talk with your ancestors and learn about your family. That’s what I plan to do.
This month, I have decided to dedicate time to learning my family history and hope that you may do the same. Make Black History Month GREAT again!!!