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February 12, 2013

Celebrate Living Black History

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Celebrate Living Black History

Reflections of Black History Month
Time for a Paradigm Shift

As a Blackman, educator, parent and
mentor I applaud President Obama’s
accomplishments; political and
dedication to his family. These actions
should be an inspiration to Blacks,
multi-racial and the diverse nationalities
of the United States of America. He has
changed the pages of history and created
a new reality for the potential growth of
Blacks and inspired a paradigm shift in
how America perceives Blacks.
The reality; President Obama is the
President of the United States of
America, Black Americans should get
over the perception that he “owes”
something to Black people.
The reality can be seen in his administration
cabinet. The lack of diversification is
evident, that alone should be an indication
the “Celebrate Living Black History.”

This Blog is in no way disrespectful to
Black people nor the President, but a wake
up call and call to reality.
Blacks Cannot Wait on the President to
save them or help them rise beyond their
circumstances.

Blacks Can’t Wait on the President

Blacks must have the determination to make
their communities better, to be involved in
their children’s schools and churches. Blacks
throughout historical slavery were killed trying
to obtain educational and political equality. History
has changed in many ways, but mentalities need
a paradigm shift. Black History Month is a celebration
of our history and accomplishments, but there
is a missed message in speeches, parades, music
and judgment of perceived advances for Blacks.

I honor the seniors like Rodney Hurst, his personal
portrait in his book, “It Was Never About a Hotdog
and a Coke”. The hard work, he and others engaged,
they took the violent blows, the threats, the cursing,
the water hoses, dog bites and fire of hatred from
whites. Seniors fought in World War One
and Two, Korea, Vietnam, and in other known
and unknown countries. Black men and Black women
participated in every war has America fought.
Heroes walked and worked in peaceful protest against
racism, hatred, discrimination and Jim Crow laws.
Heroes like Otis Williams, one of the first Black bus
drivers for Jacksonville Transportation Authority and
a pioneer at Amtrak as a respected Chef and other
duties he displayed professionalism, cultural pride
and honor.
Blacks should celebrate their history which is American
history.
Not be blind to the fact that there is still work to do.
We cannot in this year of 2013 let Colorism stop
Unity for Blacks.

Blacks have much to offer America, but from
media reports too many are cultural assassins and slaves
to governmental handouts. Brain washed by lyrics from
music that encourages disrespect of women and themselves.
Why do Black youth know when EBT cards are active
and what they can buy with food stamps, but do not know
who Asa Phillip Randolph, Carter G. Woodson,
Malcolm X and other Black pioneers? Black youth do
not even understand the architects of Black History month.
The Black Panthers and other groups of the 50s thru
80’s did not wait on governmental assistance they
took the initiative to make a change in their own cities
and communities, why have too many Blacks not learned
this lesson? Why do Blacks keep asking the President and
government to give their hands to pull them up from their
own devices?

This Black History Month celebrate seniors sitting next
to you in church, sitting next to you on buses and trains,
in the grocery store, volunteering in schools and community
centers. These are living members of Black History. I personally
salute and honor seniors because of their sacrifices.
During the sixties growing up in Philly, I still remember
walking with my mother shopping and seeing the Black
and White only signs for entrance into stores.
The Black entrance being around the back, the Black water
fountains dirty and rusty. Having to sit in the back of the bus
in Philly. Even under such chaos there still was a feeling of pride
for being Black. Blacks greeted each other with a good morning
or a good evening. Blacks smiled at each other and shook
hands; Blacks were not scared of their children or any
other children they came upon. Black children respected
their seniors and Black boys respected Black women.
Black men spent time teaching Black boys how to read,
why they should be in church and the value of hard work.
Black History Month is a time for a paradigm shift in
behaviors and actions directed to changing attitudes
and actions. A shift from challenged student to Blerds
(Black Nerds).

Learn from Otis Williams, learn from Rodney Hurst,
learn from Bishop Rudolph McKissick, Sr. learn from
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., learn from Malcolm X,
learn from Carter G. Woodson and Asa Phillip
Randolph. Just as importantly learn from the
seniors in your family, in your neighborhoods, in your
churches, community center and senior homes. Once
they pass on to glory their history, their Black History
is gone forever.

I celebrate and appreciate the sacrifices of seniors so that
I can try in my own way to continue their works and never
forget their sacrifice, knowledge, abilities, and leadership,
they did not wait on a President they got to work.
Historically there are problems in Black communities, but
as Timothy Cole, Pastor of WFBC states, “You can keep the
problems or claim the promises.”

Photos of Dr. Martin Luther King Parade in Jacksonville
MLK Parade

Wm Jackson, M.Ed.
Twitter: wmjackson
Blogging: WilliamDJackson.com/

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