May. 28, 2018

We Must Never Run From But Run Towards Our History

Those who were the great voices of our ancestral past whether it be Frederick Douglas, Booker T. Washington, WEB DuBois, William Monroe Trotter, Marcus Garvey, Ella Baker, Mary McLeod Bethune, Charles Houston, Thurgood Marshall, Medgar Evers, Martin Luther King Jr., Benjamin Mays, Malcolm X, Stokley Carmicheal, and Robert Williams all understood the relevance of learning about the majesty of owning our black history, learning our black history from our ancestors on the continent of Africa to our ancestors who were stolen and shipped to the shores of America. When our ancestors were released from the chains of slavery in this country the vast majority had little or no knowledge of the written history of our people. What history that they acquired was from word of mouth not from written words. Because the ability to read or write had been forbidden by those who held our ancestors in bondage. The urge to learn about the past was a highly sought objective for our ancestors. One of the leading advocates in this goal of passing on that history was Carter G. Woodson. Now more than a century after he first initiated the model of expanding black history. Many of our communities are seemingly deeply in need of a revitalization in understanding the history of our black ancestors. We have mass numbers of blacks unable to read the stories that encourage and uplift hope. As I conclude my Memorial Day salute to our ancestral past. I give it for Carter G. Woodson, the Father Of Black History.