TO BE YOUNG, GIFTED AND BLACK
OH WHAT A LOVELY, PRECIOUS DREAM
TO BE YOUNG, GIFTED AND BLACK
OPEN YOUR HEARTS TO WHAT I MEAN
IN THE WHOLE WORLD YOU KNOW
THERE’S A MILLION BOYS AND GIRLS
WHO ARE YOUNG, GIFTED AND BLACK
AND THAT’S A FACT…………..Nina Simone
Welcome to Black Historical Facts….
I often say my mother was a revolutionary til the day she died. She spoke out for justice, and I have accepted the apple does not fall far from the tree. Guess it doesn’t because much of what she stood for still needs standing up for today. The “ways” in which subjugation and discrimination are shown are far more subtle, but just as effective and debilitating.
The times in which we live find us dealing with many challenges reminiscent of our parents and grandparents. Major positive change has brought about integrated schools, voting rights, being allowed in the front of the bus and the front door, but our jails hold a disproportionate amount of minorities, even though we do not see Strange Fruit anymore.
Our male youths are proud to wear their pants hanging so low off their butts they must shuffle to prevent their pants from falling down, and wind up doing what a dear Sister-Friend coined, “The Shackle Walk.”
Our young ones know NOTHING of our Great Ones; they are taught nothing to emulate nor relate to in terms of appearance or belief systems, unless it is from the likes of Lil Wayne or Nikki Minaj: fabrications, cartoon characters who represent….what ?
There is so much this world has to offer, yet too many of our youth remain in a bubble of ignorance that leaves me gasping for air and wondering what the future holds for them, this country, and our world should they continue on their blissful path to nowhere.
What about the men and women who suffered the atrocities of slavery? Those who marched, sat in, spoke/sang out, were lynched, and some assassinated for taking on the status quo and defying a way of life that was in direct contradiction to the very constitution so often quoted as the foundation upon which this country was built. Please note, THAT contradiction was already in effect considering aboriginal people were citizens of this great nation when Columbus claimed to have discovered it.
When I speak to my elders, the stories they tell often leave me wondering how they endured. It takes incredible strength and fortitude beyond my imagination, much less my experience, to fully grasp the depths of the pain, humiliation, fear, and dysfunction that was often part of their everyday experience.
We have come a long way since the days of our forebears, but we have lost something vital along the way: our history; OUR STORY of OUR CONTRIBUTIONS towards the building of this great nation.
In an effort to help educate and inform, and in keeping with the Legacy my mother began, I have decided to add an important place on this site (Black Historical Facts) for all to visit to help fight the bubble of ignorance. Perhaps this small step will eventually encourage our youth to seek more information on “who they are and where they come from”
…..my MOTHER’S exact words to me when she wrote TO BE YOUNG, GIFTED AND BLACK.