|It's Still Black "Our-Story" Month
12/10/2014 3:10:39 PM
By Hakim Abdul-Ali
Happy Black "Our-Story" Month to you and also to everyone with a scintilla of African-American consciousness in them. It's a grand feeling to be Black and proud because Africa is the motherland of "hue-mankind."
"Black is beautiful." I really offer that unbridled and rather biased salutation to one and all during this twelfth month of the year with the warmth of intellectual sincerity about practicing the importance of always being on top of studying, researching and passing on the authentic stories of the Motherland and her children. "It's Still Black 'Our-Story' Month."
As a Black American of African lineage, I'm forever honored to be identified as an African descendant because of what my noble ancestors experienced during the Middle Passage. The painful knowledge of that experience endears me to their memories with a poignant sense of academic urgency. From the slave ships from hell to the plantation prisons of colonial brutality and perpetual servitude in the Americas, my resolve has always been to never, ever forget those known and unknown ebony heroes and sheroes of centuries past. I think about them often, and I have been intensely challenged to learn as much as I could and can about what being Black really is about.
This challenge is an obsessional love that crosses all passionate borders of intellectual pursuits when it comes to acquiring as much information as I can acquire about the mysterious Black worlds of existences, past and present. And that doesn't only become rejuvenated during the shortest month of the year, because,"As I See It," the study, research and collection of all things related to the universal African experience is and should be a paramount goal for every "colored" soul in America and beyond everyday of the year.
Continuing in my view of things of studying Black "Our-Story" year round is a commitment in keeping Black "Our-Story" alive and fresh in my and your mind-sets during all the months of any Gregorian year. That shouldn't be hard to understand for you if you objectively take a frank and honest look at the questionable state of today's inner city African-American centered public education format. Hmm! I believe if you ask the majority of African-American youth today, including many of those who are in college, they know very little, if anything, about authentic Black His-story. It makes you wonder who wrote many of the mid-educational curriculum for "our" children and what was that curricula supposed to do for "our" kids in the long run of installing long term ethnic pride in them and their future offspring.
I know that there are probably some "colored" folk out there in Babylon west who may object to that thought and may want to scandalize my words, but that's cool because the proof is in the pudding. If you are of color, ask yourself without prejudice,"Is a Black mind anywhere in the world a terrible thing to waste?"
My late mother was a proud African-American schoolteacher who always advocated that I study Black History, even in the confines of our private, simple and cozy home. She held sway when it came to me knowing and learning about the true stories of Africa and African people from throughout the globe.
Being the ultimate God loving soul that she was, my mother literally loved all of the Creator's creation without hatred or malice. I grew up knowing that to be of color was a created, blessed gift from God and, according to my mother, that also included every child of every ethnicity known to "hue-mankind”. Mom would always drill it through my head that to "whom much is given,much is expected" at all times. She never accepted accuses, and she never let my think that because of bigotry and racism that I couldn't do this or that. That was her teaching legacy.
That philosophy is still in my head more than twenty-five years are her death. Because of her instilling a subliminal, prideful consciousness in me about the beauty of being Black and proud, I humbly state that I'm that today in every way, included my self-admitted obsession in researching, studying, collecting, writing and teaching about the dynamic life force field call Black "Our-story."
"It's Still Black "Our-Story' Month," and it's a vocational learning sweetness that gets enjoyable with each new day. Do you relate to my consummate flow of knowing, feeling and sensing how real it is, or can be, to a person color in "his-storical" America, to love be "Black and Proud" from an intelligent and knowledgeable stance.
If you can and do, then you more than likely also understand the sentimental reasons why I and other like minded souls celebrate Black"Our-Story" Month beyond the perimeter of a February limited monthly quota. In my and other aware-minded folks' ways of looking at the "his-storical" record of how people of color have been treated from the Middle Passage to this present moment, are you that totally surprised?
From the slave ports of Ghana to the streets of Little Rock and Selma and to the grand juries of Ferguson and Staten Island, Black folk are and have been under siege. It's always been a struggle when you're Black and of color, so don't be shocked or surprised at what happens to us. Just check out the "his-storical" track records.
Call it societal injustices or whatever political cliches that maybe suitable for you to utter in front of your own shocked imaginations, but Black life and survival is becoming a precious commodity with each passing moment. If you've studied Black "Our-Story" with regularity, you'd find out that "no matter how much 'some' things change, 'others' remain the same." The undeniable reality is that "it is what it is."
Everyone knows that Black History Month is recognized and celebrated annually in this country during the month of February. Even with this occasion the acquisition of legitimate knowledge of African and African descendant people's stories should and must be an on going process, especially in light of where many ebony folk worldwide are in the game of establishing self-respect for who they are in receiving equal justice and freedom. What jury decides that?
This article is dedicated to the memories of all the innocent Black folks and other ethnic "hue-mans" who've been the victims of systematic injustices and have never received their "just" do process. What happened to them makes me know that it's December, and "It's Still Black 'Our-Story' Month," and that's, "As I See It."