28 Days of Black History Month (February 28th, 2015)
This past month we celebrated Black History, we wanted to share some stories about some lesser known but equally important people. While they may have had less notoriety than others, their impact was very instrumental in the progress of African Americans. We’ve heard the stories of people like Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, Marcus Garvey, & Booker T Washington. That is not to say that we’re tired of hearing about them, it’s just to help shed light on some of the others.
It’s been widely known that most Public Schools hardly ever taught us/students about African American History. I remember learning about George Washington, our nation’s 1st President. They would give in depth analysis of his life but failed to admit that he owned slaves, hundreds of them. Or what about Christopher Columbus, How he sailed the ocean blue and discovered the “New World”. They didn’t mention that he wasn’t the first person to sail to the “New World”, or that their were inhabitants already here. I was told when i was a kid that “History is told by the winners!” i didn’t understand that when i was a young man, but now i do.
We were constantly reminded of the greatness and foresight of our founding fathers, i wonder why they never found a correlation of them seeking their freedom & independence from the British as a Freedom for all people, including Slaves, Women & Native Americans. It was written in the Declaration of Independence in the 2nd paragraph “All Men Are Created Equal”. Yet it took the 14th Amendment to fully exercise this unalienable right. I’m not bitter, it has made me more resourceful and i have a great thirst for knowledge. Not just African American history either, the History of all mankind. If the story is told truthfully to the best of our knowledge there would be less confusion.
I would like to take this time out to say thank you to everyone who spent a few minutes with us each day this month reading, learning & sharing our blogs. Each one teach one, in our research we found out so many incredible things that it was mind blowing. We look to share these stories with you guys in the future, #Thankyou
RIP to Earl Lloyd (April 3, 1928—February 26, 2015)The 1st African American player to play in the NBA in 1950.