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"It's not color, it's culture!"



Happy Tuesday! 

 

I'm excited! You're probably thinking, girl what happened? It's BLACK HISTORY MONTH! “Say it loud, I'm Black and I'm Proud (insert James Brown dance).”

 

Black History Month was previously known as Negro History Week, before President Gerald R. Ford declared February as Black History Month in 1976. The "Father of Black History," Carter G. Woodson, demonstrated efforts to bring awareness to black history and culture. 

 

History wasn't my favorite subject in school; however, the more seasoned I become I appreciate learning about lived and shared experiences that have facilitated current opportunities. Black History Month "aims to honor the contributions that African Americans have made and to recognize their sacrifices." 

 

Sadly, I’m reminded of the areas everyday racism directed in the form of microaggressions continue. “Microaggressions are brief and commonplace daily verbal, behavioral, or environmental indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative slights and insults toward people of color.” Transparently, it's exhausting! 

 

As you take time this week, I encourage reflection on one's own biases (conscious/unconscious). Assess whether your thoughts and feelings about people of color are based on your own beliefs or learned. My hopes are that equity and inclusion of people of color will transcend solely beyond those deemed “the exception” or simply having a seat at the table without a real voice.

 

Remember: “Black History Month is not simply asking “how can I remember and learn about black people?” It is all of us asking, “how can we love black people by seeing them, hearing them, and creating a world where black people feel loved, inspired and protected?”

 

Feel free to share with a friend or anyone who may benefit.

 

Take time, talk soon!

 

Thanks!

 

 

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