Thursday, February 28, 2013

Black History Month . . . Don't Stop

I have mixed reactions to Black History Month. One is celebration at the accomplishments of people of African descent. The other is mixed with a prayer that these stories and these achievements would be such a part of the mainstream narrative that we do not need a special month. Alas, we are not there yet. There are still negative stereotypes that keep people from seeing what has been achieved and the immense contribution made to our history. Moreover, the names of composers, inventors, you name it, are not yet a part of the standard curriculum. One day . . .

In the meantime as Black History Month comes to an end, let us celebrate with a reading from Ecclesiasticus 44:
Let us now sing the praises of famous [people],
   our ancestors in their generations.
The Lord apportioned to them great glory,
   his majesty from the beginning.
There were those who ruled in their kingdoms,
   and made a name for themselves by their valour;
those who gave counsel because they were intelligent;
   those who spoke in prophetic oracles;
those who led the people by their counsels
   and by their knowledge of the people’s lore;
   they were wise in their words of instruction;
those who composed musical tunes,
   or put verses in writing;
rich men endowed with resources,
   living peacefully in their homes—
all these were honoured in their generations,
   and were the pride of their times.
Some of them have left behind a name,
   so that others declare their praise.
But of others there is no memory;
   they have perished as though they had never existed;
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