Ballet girl et al

Dreamer

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”

Harriet Tubman

“When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.”

Maya Angelou

This year’s theme for Black History month is “African Americans and the Vote.” 2020, an important general election year, is also a landmark year for voting rights. 2020 marks the 150th anniversary of the Fifteenth Amendment (1870) which gave black men the right to vote following the Civil War.

Register to Vote

First Born Homo Sapiens

Homo sapiens idaltu (Afar: Idaltu; “elder” or “first born”), also called Herto Man, is the name given to a number of early modern human fossils found in 1997 in Herto Bouri, Ethiopia. They date to around 160,000 years ago. The fossils represent the probable immediate ancestors of anatomically modern humans; the fossil evidence from Omo-Kibish and Herto establishes that modern human morphology does indeed initially appear in Africa.

Homo sapien, which means “wise man” in Latin, is the term used for modern-day humans. The genus Homo consists of a few species, including homo erectus and homo habilis. Homo sapiens are the only living member species today. Homo sapiens have been traced back over 315,000 years to Africa.

First Forget Inspiration

“First forget Inspiration. Habit is more dependable. Habit will sustain you whether you’re inspired or not. Habit is persistence in practice.”

Octavia Butler

Octavia Estelle Butler was an African-American science fiction author. A multiple recipient of both the Hugo and Nebula awards, she became in 1995 the first science-fiction writer to receive a MacArthur Fellowship. Butler was born in Pasadena, California. After her father died, she was raised by her widowed mother.

Angry Man

“To control a people you must first control what they think about themselves and how they regard their history and culture. And when your conqueror makes you ashamed of your culture and your history, he needs no prison walls and no chains to hold you.”

John Henrik Clarke

John Henrik Clarke was an African-American historian, professor, and a pioneer in the creation of Pan-African and Africana studies, and professional institutions in academia starting in the late 1960s. The New York Times called him a self-made and angry man.



We Stand On The Shoulders

Benjamin Elijah Mays, an American Baptist minister and civil rights leader, is credited with laying the intellectual foundations of the Civil Rights Movement. Mays taught and mentored: Martin Luther King Jr, Julian Bond, Maynard Jackson and others. He was the 6th President of Morehouse College for almost thirty years.

It isn’t a disgrace not to reach the stars, but it is a disgrace to have no stars to reach for.

Benjamin E. Mays
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BLACK MASSACRES

MASSACRE- mas·sa·cre/ˈmasəkər/noun: a brutal and indiscriminate slaughter of people. The attack was described as a cold-blooded massacre.

GOD

wholesale slaughter mass slaughter indiscriminate killing mass murder homicide mass execution mass destruction annihilation extermination liquidation decimation carnage butchery bloodbath bloodletting slaying pogrom genocide ethnic cleansing holocaust shoah battue hecatomb

COLFAX, LOUISIANA (1873)

WILMINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA (1898)

ATLANTA, GEORGIA (1906)

ELAINE, ARKANSAS (1919)

TULSA, OKLAHOMA (1921)

ROSEWOOD, FLORIDA (1923)

*Please excuse the links to these events as they are a poor telling of the harrowing events in which people, albeit black, were carelessly murdered for nothing more than being alive.

African Americans

African Americans (also Black Americans or Afro-Americans) are an ethnic group of Americans with total or partial ancestry from any of the black racial groups of Africa. The phrase generally refers to descendants of enslaved black people who are from the United States. Today, those descendants continue to be treated as thought they are enslaved or part of the “American Economic Chain Gang.”

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Ethnicity & Race