This year I decided I would post, on Instagram, one person a day for black history month. I did this a few years ago and wanted to try it again. I’m not going to lie, it was hard, I didn’t prepare in advance and I learned quickly that you can’t write a novel on Instagram, #Ineedunlimitedcharacters. So picking only one person every day, then editing down their story, thank you Wikipedia, and posting in a timely manner was a bit of a challenge. But I did it and I think people really learned a lot about people they may not have otherwise known about. My strategy was to really bring light to people who’s story may not have been heard or if they were known bringing light to facts that may not have been widely known. Each week I chose an underlining theme: Inventors, Entertainment/Arts, Business and Sports. Here are my favorites from each week.
As I waked in the Harlem Magic Johnson theatre excited to see I Am Not Your Negro I was greeted by an audience where majority of the faces that didn’t look like mine. First, upset by the face that these people were possible here to find out “Why I Am Not Their Negro.” Second, thinking are the faces that do look like mine not interested? Or are they unaware of the cinematic prowess on its opening weekend? But nonetheless I sit and wait for my friends to arrive, the previews start and the opening scene to take the screen.
On Saturday, January 21, 2017, millions of women, men and children marched in solidarity for the Women’s March here in America. Hundreds of thousands more joined them across the globe with marches in London, Paris, Melbourne and Antarctica to name a few. Many of these women in these countries are still fighting for some of the same rights. But on Saturday their solidarity said “We stand with you, America, in the fight against the division and injustice that’s happening at the wake of your new political restructuring.” Continue reading “The Impact of the Women’s March”
On August 28, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered one of the most iconic speeches of our time. The year marked the 100th anniversary of the emancipation proclamation. In the speech Dr. King paints a picture of the current state of the Negro in 1963 America.
“The Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity.” A time of social injustice coupled with “unspeakable horrors of police brutality.”