I pray this finds us all very well as we fast approach Black History Month 2013.
I have received your messages and thank you for taking the time to let me know you are out there supporting, and available should I need you.
As we all know the Cynthia Mort/Zoe Saldana Project continues….
And, I have been silent for many reasons. Silence is the mother of all sound and if you really listen, you can hear it. The elders say there is always quiet before a storm. Do you hear it?
My cryptic words may make sense to some and sound like gobbledegook to others. In due time, it will all make sense. Rest assured, I have not been idle when it comes to my mother. All great things take time, do they not? I have learned the value of patience, and timing, faith, destiny and Universal Law, and find comfort in that knowing.
Black History Month fast approaches. My hope was to have tee shirts available as we begin to build our Nina merch line. The company we were working closely with, is no more. The shock and disappointment one month after launching, with shirts especially designed for BHM ready to go, has just worn off and my team and I are scrambling to fill the gap left. No worries, tees will be available again very soon.
I have been volunteering at my daughter’s school – feels so very good to give back to our youth who so desperately need us!
I am saddened at how little they know of their own history. Out of perhaps 20 youths I spoke with yesterday, NOT ONE knew Billie Holiday, and all thought she was a man. Needless to say I educated them, singing Strange Fruit and giving them background on the scene the song describes in such detail.
Her school is taking time to pick Black poets, writers, broadcasters, dancers, musicians, inventors, et al to honor with posters that show, tell and educate. The posters, which begin with MY NAME IS…..will be showcased in the hallways during the month. They are also putting together a show designed to titillate the senses all the while educating.
Our Great Ones sacrificed much so that we could enjoy the freedoms and rights we have today. Too many of us take too much for granted. Too much has been allowed to simply be forgotten. Our ancestors fought, marched, spoke out, were beaten, hosed, put in jail, could not look another of the lighter persuasion in the eye lest it be construed as a threat, were attacked by dogs, raped, lynched et al so that we could become full citizens. Do not forget, we were not able to vote until 1967 – that is in my lifetime.
As elders, we MUST teach our youth of our history. Our Legacy. They need it! They need to KNOW who they are and where they come from. They need to know they are descendants of King and Queens, warriors, architects, and a culture that thrived waaaaaaaaay before the Europeans landed on the shores of Africa. Our youth are not taught their history in school. But they can tell you all about the holocaust. Why is that? What are we going to do to change that bubble of ignorance in which they exist? How can we expect them to care about anything of worth if we do not instill that worth?
BLACK HISTORY MONTH fast approaches yet I am black 365 days of the year. We cannot blame the schools or anyone for something we have allowed to happen. Be the griot in your families, churches, and communities as there are griots in villages around the world whose purpose is to pass down the history so it remains alive and well.
Our ancestors remain with us. Let us stand upon their shoulders and continue to build what they so selflessly gave us.
Our youth are our future, our Legacy.