As the last day of Black History Month draws near, I must say this has truly been one historical learning journey. It’s been amazing! My Facebook feeds were flooded with interesting facts and information about African Americans. Furthermore, what really impressed me last week was an episode of Black-ish that addressed not only hope but also police brutality, as they kept it real. It will forever be etched in my heart as well as many of its viewers. I don’t want to spoil it for anyone that has not seen it yet though.
It’s a must see. This episode brilliantly conveyed how many people feel about what’s going on right now in America and around the world.
When the kids ask some tough questions in the midst of a highly publicized court case involving alleged police brutality and an African-American teenager, Dre and Bow are conflicted on how best to field them. Dre, along with Pops and Ruby, feel the kids need to know what kind of world they’re living in, while Bow would like to give them a more hopeful view about life. When the verdict is announced, the family handles the news in different ways while watching the community react. – ABC’s Black-ish
Lincoln A. Blades, writer for the Grio, asserts “Black-ish delivered an absolutely stunning, emotional, hilarious and insightful episode on state-sponsored violence and how we, black families, attempt to cope and deal with the issues that arise from it.” Concurring with Blades this episode of ‘Black-ish’ should be watched by every American. When Dre explained in an epic monologue his fear for President Barack and Michelle Obama when they got out of the limo following the inauguration and freely walked around to greet the crowds too many memories flashed in my mind. I couldn’t help but remember how proud I felt. I must also admit that I recall relentlessly praying for the Obamas because, like Dre, I did not want anything to snatch that moment away either.
To this end, if you have not watched it, I encourage you to watch it as well as to share it with your family and friends. Always remember that:
- “You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated.” – Maya Angelou
- “You must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right.” – Rosa Parks
- “A man who stands for nothing, will fall for anything.” – Malcolm X
- “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
You are never to old to learn something new. Take advantage of the wealth of free information online and in various social media channels about black history. I hope your celebration was as wonderful as mine. I would love to know how you celebrated Black History Month this year. Did you learn anything new? What will you remember? Please comment, like, and share.