All months matter! Don’t laugh, I’m being serious…kind of. Every month is a big deal because we always find a cause, event, holiday, the dog’s birthday, or whatever to celebrate. There’s always a reason to get dressed up, have a feast, or turn on some music and dance. Year round fun is where it’s at…woot woot!
Ok, now that I’ve named a festivity for everyone to celebrate, let me celebrate my people. February is a very special month to black people, or African Americans for those who are politically correct. I’m not, so I’m going to say black people.
Let me give you a little bit of background as to how Black History Month began. In 1926, Carter G. Woodson began celebrating Black History Week the second week of February. This was due to Abraham Lincoln’s birthday (February 12) and Frederick Douglass’ birthday (February 14) during that week. This was a celebratory time of year for most black Americans.
In the late 1960’s and early 70’s, colleges and cities began celebrating black history the whole month of February. It was then declared by President Gerald Ford in 1976 that February would be Black History Month.
My husband and I are already instilling in our children that the greatness that lies within them doesn’t have to remain a dream. Anything they want to be and anything they want to do are within arms reach as long as they have a plan to get there.
My daughter, Zoe, was in a Black History presentation at church this past Sunday, and they sung a song with lyrics that said, “I am the future, a bright black future. I am the future of black history”.
I explained to Zoe that right now she’s already on the path to be becoming someone that will be read about in history books, in articles, in publications, etc. We teach her to dream big, because if it’s possible for her, myself, or my husband to make happen, then she’s dreaming too small. Her goals in life should be so big that it takes the supernatural power of God to bring to fruition.
This applies to all of you as well. Don’t stay stuck in your dream world thinking that great success is only for those people over there. Anything that God has called you to, He will give provision for you to make it happen.
What if our forefathers stayed stuck in a dream of one day being free? What if our ancestors stayed stuck in a dream of one day earning an advanced degree? What if our grandparents stayed stuck in a dream of one day being business owners or home owners?
The time is now to create the future of black history. There are so many people to look to who are living out their dreams. And I’m not just talking about famous people who live their lives publicly, but look to some local leaders living out their God given purpose. As you look at them and admire, also aspire to do great or greater than what they have accomplished.
We teach our children to be greater than us, and greater than our parents. We should be leaving knowledge and money to our children and grandchildren so that each generation builds upon what the previous generation started. No more placing blame on your upbringing and complaining about what your parents and family didn’t do for you. Pick up where you and just start to do better. Greatness is in all of us!
Most people have now seen the newly released “Black Panther” on the big screen. It was not only an awesome, action packed Marvel masterpiece, but it was an inspiring story of how powerful, intelligent, and beautiful a people we are. I don’t know about you but I walked out of that movie with my head held high and ready to take on the world. I won’t go any further to give any details away to those who for some reason haven’t seen it yet. But if you haven’t, RUN to the theater to see it now.
So my challenge for you today is to think about the legacy you’re going to leave on this earth. What are you going to be known for in the years to come? I am a part of black history, and I want you to join me. Be free to share how you’re going to leave your dreams behind to make them a reality. Get it out of your head and into your hands. Black History is now!
Sending love and hope your way!