How much would we really know about Black people in America if there were no Black history?
Given the magnitude of the contributions of Black people to American history and the desires of some in White America to suppress it, I can only imagine what life would be like if we failed to remember and recognize the accomplishments, achievements and sacrifices African Americans have made throughout history on a regular basis.
We MUST Understand that White people never really wanted Blacks to know the truth about their history.
It is time for Freedom Fighters to demand that a Black history curriculum be added to the public school education system.
Before, there has not been real standard curriculum requirements, teaching or emphasis on Blacks history is public schools. In essence, those who invented, were scientific or who were activists, agents for change or our political leaders and key events that took place in Black history that could motivate our youth to greatness are being ignored.
Our history was hidden, unspoken and not written for the ages. Much was done to keep us from enjoying and feeling the kind of pride for our African American leaders, role models and history that we needed growing up.
If it were not living through it, seeing it unfold in the community, the church and Black teachers, I venture to say that there would have been very little or no true information shared about the trip from Africa or about the horrors of slavery in America.
The works and sacrifices of great leaders like Frederick Douglas, Adam Clayton Powell Jr., Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, Stokley Carmichael or Marcus Garvey would never be known.
We would perhaps never know of the great courageous contributions to Black history by the Black Panther Party, the NAACP or the tremendous accomplishments of the Civil Rights Movement or numerous protest marches or lunch counter sit-ins associated with it.
It was those old Black teachers and principals and active community leaders during segregation who made the difference with generations of youth. They not only talked about these people, but also taught us what that history meant and how we could use the examples of great Black heroes to motivate us to shape and carve out our own greatness.
After schools were integrated, the trouble began and much of what we knew about ourselves started to unravel.
White educators picked a handful of “safe” Black leaders to introduce us to and taught us each year about the same ones. Many of the great men, community activists, women and inventors and events tied to Black pride were left out of that.
One of the greatest drawbacks we have faced as Black people in America and in the public education system and society is the sublimation of our history.
We MUST Understand that there is not a huge push to teach us about us.
Each year, Black history is being watered down and pushed to the side in “White world” and not given the full respect it deserves.
Our history and contributions to America are not being the full and complete respect it deserves.
For example, the “Jews” maintain and teach a complete history to their children and that is passed from generation to generation.
From Moses to Holocaust monuments to the Torah, it is taught in homes, schools and synagogues. Not a historic moment, nor hero, business leader or great statesman is left from the pages of that ethnic group’s history. It is the emphasis on that teaching and strength of that history that gives them the will to fight and helps them survive from generation to generation.
We need to look at this closely. African-Americans have an even more rich history than “Jews”.
However, Black history is constantly poked fun at or disregarded, discarded, disrespected and often trashed.
We MUST Understand that Black History is the backbone of our strength and key to the survival of our people.
We must learn from it and draw from the power, spirit, wisdom and intellect of our ancestors. What has been lost in the education system and this country is the failure to recognize how important Black history is to our community pride and self-esteem and survival as a race.
Our history should not be written from behind jail cells or from street corners where crime, prostitution and drug dealing are prevalent.
We need people to do it in homes and churches reading daily lessons about our people to our children so they can know the real truth about Black people doesn’t fit into a PlayStation 3 or a 52-inch Plasma T.V. Screen.
Parents, teachers, pastors, professionals and retired professionals need to be committed to shouting our unabridged, unfiltered Black history from the housetops , spreading these great stories of Black people from house to house and teaching it in our churches and schools daily.