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Monday, February 15, 2010

Black History Month

Jen busy at work...

As this month concludes, it would be remiss of me not to honor, acknowledge and embrace Black History Month. We are an awesome, resilient people!

So much of our artistic, athletic, and literary enjoyment as a collective society is attributed to the Black experience and its expression.
Whether it's the soulful poetry of Maya Angela, the sultry jazz songs of Sarah Vaughn, or the hilarious comedic material of Chris Rock and Cedric the Entertainer---our lives have been greatly enriched and enhanced.

I also humbly give thanks and salute all those who came before me and paved the way for future possibilities.

You have my undying thanks!

Happy Black History Month to all...


  1. Totally agree! Lest we forget, Black History Month should be saluted, recognized & continued as it shines a light on a people who were/are trailblazers in the struggle for freedoms afforded all Americans in these United States of America!


  2. Thanks for stopping by and for your comments.

  3. Yes, let us not forget where we have come from: the shoulders we stand upon; let us reach back as we move forword to help those who are behind us. Let us not forget the lagacies that we have been birthed from and to give constant encourgement for the legacies we have given birth to. -EMParker

  4. It's interesting that I'd read this post after reading a commentary in a recent issue of Newsweek in which the writer expresses how much we have come to devalue and detest Black history month. She said that we needed to do more than pay lip service to Black History.

  5. Jennifer Brown BanksFebruary 15, 2010 at 2:01 PM

    Thanks for all your comments. I will say there is a grain of truth to that writer's position.

    As Blacks, we do need to do more. We need to elevate and support each other. We need to return to "village values."

    We need to stop the gossip and start sharing "wisdom". We need to spend more money in our communities.

    We need to spend more money on what goes in our heads than what goes on it!

    Don't get me wrong; I love our people, but we do need to do more now for future generations.
    The world is watching...

    That's my two cents on the topic.

  6. I was inspired by your posted article Jennifer. I remember when a white person asked me: "What do your people do during Black History Month?" Then, she attempted to clean up the your people phrase.

    Yes, what has it become? That's what I want to ponder.

  7. Thanks for your comments, Henry, glad to be an inspiration.:-)

    This month is filled with an array of emotions and perspectives from folks of all walks of life.

    Some good some bad.

  8. Dear Jennifer,
    I feel richer for knowing about and being a part of The Black History month as it was celebrated in India.I was moved and humbled by what a handful of inspired,selfless people had done for the human race in general.Their dignity alone should have put the blustering bullies and their mob psychology to shame.
    God bless

  9. Jennifer Brown BanksMarch 5, 2010 at 7:45 AM

    That must have been an awesome experience, Suma. Thanks for sharing it.

    Be well.:-)