Jun. 28, 2019

June 28, 1928 - Roadmap To Black Consciousness - Beatrice Morrow Cannady

On June 28, 1928, at the 11th Annual National Meeting of the NAACP, the very first meeting that was located in the state of California, a young black woman from Portland, Oregon stepped to the microphone, she was chosen to follow W.E.B. Dubois and Beatrice Morrow Cannady didn't disappoint the contingents attending the conference. Beatrice was an aspiring lawyer who resided in Portland, Oregon. This was a period just some 63 years after the end of the Civil War, and only 6 years after women received the right to vote. Black Americans were still suffering from the effects of Jim Crowism as well as other methods of oppression. Yet on this evening, Ms. Cannady spoke of the need to motivate and encourage the education of our black youths in our community.

Ms. Cannady understood the power of expanding the intellectual consciousness of our black children. She also understood that our black sisters held in their hands and minds the power to bring true change in our black communities. It was her purpose to provide a roadmap that would deliver strategies to achieve that goal. You should pay particular interest to her words on education and literacy of our black youth. It is indeed our responsibility to ensure that we have the duty to ingrain the knowledge necessary for our young brothers and sisters to respect their history. The reason why I focus so much on literacy is that the roadmap to black consciousness hasn't changed much from 1928 to 2019. We still need to develop children like that young black boy in that California classroom who was able to educate his classmates because of his mother's drive to shape his mind to be a strategic thinker.

In today's salute, I bring to the forefront, Beatrice Morrow Cannady, who provided a lifelong model to achieve progressive black thinkers able to change the dynamics of our future leaders.‚Äč