Friday, February 26, 2016

Black History is all of our History

"Dr. King shouted “Free at last, free at last . . . “  And his dream of a promised land did come to pass. The sit-ins, the marches and the demand for equal rights were necessary for those freed in darkness and deprived of light."  –Latorial Faison

How can one utter the words “Daring Greatly” without thinking about Black History and culture?  President Gerald R. Ford said the country needed to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”  The month of February became Black History month and should be celebrated and honored by all Americans not merely African Americans, for Black History is ALL of our history.

When we think about Daring Greatly, we can’t help but imagine the courage it took for African Americans to stand up for their race and fight for equality.  Many African Americans, not just the ones you read about in text books (e.g., Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, and Harriet Tubman), have had to dare greatly to be heard, to be seen, to be accepted in a society that deemed them as inferior.

We are so grateful to our ancestors for choosing to be daring and brave in order for African Americans to have rights.  In the case of Brown v. Board of Education Topeka, several people had to dare greatly and come together to end segregation in the public schools.  Because of their efforts, students of all ethnic groups and cultures are able to learn together, compete together, and have a chance at an equal education here in Katy ISD.  Because of them, we are able to work here at Cinco Ranch High School and collaborate with parents, students, and staff members of a wide range of ethnicities. 

With Black History month coming to an end, let’s remember that all Americans, regardless of race, have benefited from and continue to benefit from the contributions of African Americans.  Again, Black History is ALL of our History.

"So, in my daily living, I do not dare ignore the sounds but am honored that my ancestors were strong and freedom bound.  When fellowmen can’t remember the truth about this sadness, pause to share with them one of the many sounds of Blackness" -Latorial Faison

Written by: Kia Jones-Bynum (Speech Language Pathologist) and Kenya Washington (Special Education Teacher)

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