Black history is important to all of us, regardless of our nationality or culture and unfortunately we are not taught enough about our history, which is why inclusion of black history month into schools is very much welcomed, since it allows all communities the opportunity to learn about a once forgotten side of history. There is such a richness in our cutlure, fromt he spoken word through to art that we must keep the spirit of our cultures alive all year round, in orer to be able to embrace our cultural diversity in its glory.
Black history month? - a significant event which aims to acknowledge, celebrate and embrace, for a brief period each year, the profound achievements of black people. A time to rinse and regurgitate the legends of Marcus Garvey, Mary Seacole, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X - as if all others along the path of discovery were just mere figments of an historical trend. Or can we somehow allow ourselves to re-discover those who have made significant advances and impact on our culture? Even dare I say, draw from those of more recent times and let tales of legends of our past rest for a while, so that in years to come when their stories are re-told, there will be a freshness and renewed vigour to them.
Or should we be forced to explore the real intricacies of BHM which would therefore turn this event into something real and tangible. Whereby the stereotyping and the rinsing of rice, peas, jerk chicken and Mary Seacole, which have become ignorantly yet subtlety symbolic of what the black race is about, can be challenged. How many islands are there in the Caribbean? How many countries in Africa? Which are all diverse and unique in tradition and culture? There is so much more to black history month than we are being fed, so let's learn about the lives of those significant others from far ashore as Trinidad, or Ghana and their impact on our history which in turn would embrace diversity in all its richness.
To me BHM should be something that is an integral part our lives. We should not just devise a specific time to recognise our achievements and identify with who we are. This, therefore, to me suggests that around October we suddenly become enigmas, phenomena on mass whose achievements can only be realised and expressed for a fleeting moment in time. Does this therefore entail that we are to feel a privileged people?
Thought Provoking Article by Delroy Constantine-Simms on the Black German Holocaust
Take a look at the following site by Dr Mary Seuss:
http://martin-luther-king.biz, http://bookertwashington.biz, http://frederickdouglass.biz
http://harriettubman.info, http://langstonhughes.info, http://emeagwali.com,
http://malcolmx.biz, http://sojournertruth.biz, http://marcusgarvey.info,
http://webdubois.biz, http://thurgoodmarshall.biz, http://rosa-parks.info
Have our ideals changed so greatly that we can no olonger distinguish reality?
Also discover the richness of our past through images. Mckenzie Heritage Pictures have archived images. Photographic styles in the archive include contemporary documentary, travel, studio, portraiture, event photography and fashion, and historical material including the work of photographers working in the 1950s and 1970s, covering an exciting range of themes. Many of the images are newly available and unpublished.
The collection covers a wide range of themes and topics and also includes illustrations and engravings from the 19th and early 20th century. Click on link below.
Also there are many organisations who are hosting a range of events throughout the year as many beleive black history month