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Black History Month Pledge To Dream
Black History Month Pledge To Dream

Black History Month Pledge To Dream
William Jackson, M.Ed.
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This blog was written while listening to:
”God Favors Me”, by Hezekia Walker
Proverbs Chapter 19:20  KJV

“Hear counsel and receive instruction that thou mayest be wise in
thy latter end (years).”

The 50’s, 60’s and 70’s were tumultuous times in American/African
American history with socio-political, socio-cultural and socio-economic
events that affected African Americans and changed the thinking of
many Americans both Black and Whites.
The laws of Jim Crow and segregationist of the past still affect our
racial and cultural interaction and future expectations in our society
for racial equality and acceptance.

Someone had a Dream to change the way of thinking from segregation
and racial prejudice to cultural unity and national equality. Those born
in the eighties and after were probably never exposed to direct affronts
of racism; generation (50’s/60’s/70’s) and the generations before do
remember and bear the scars. Those scars are emotional and psychological
that will be carried unto death. Some even have physical scars from
violence inflicted upon them. Those reading this that participated in
the “Movement” or “Civil Rights Movement” remember and understand
the power of a Dream.

The acts of segregation, intimidation, violence, racism and various forms
of social degradation, that were imposed upon minorities, regardless
of these those in the “Movement”  were inspired by a Dream. 
A Dream towards equality in education, political equalization and
employment, a Dream to equal rights that are in the Constitution of the
United States that focused on social modification that would allow for
African Americans to be treated as Americans, to be given an equal
chance and equal opportunity in the United States of America.
To be treated fairly and justly with no hint of prejudice or bias.

“We hold these truths to be self evident that all men are created equal.”
Declaration of Independence

These words rang true from a Dream and apply to all men and
women regardless of color, creed, race, religion and age. Having
a Dream and the courage to follow it against supposedly
insurmountable odds takes prayer, passion and purpose. How many
dare say today we have such commitment to a cause? Where are
these traits in today’s youth, for the fight for equality is still being
fought. Where is the commitment, where is the drive and where
is the willing to sacrifice? With that said many youth of today
need to refocus their direction to having a Dream that does not
involve instant self-gratification, but a long term Dream of
educational and career success for themselves first, their families
and their culture.
There is a generational gap that has grown from Dr. King’s Dream
of equality and cultural unity. Even the Dreams of Malcolm X and
Marcus Garvey of educational obtainment to the highest order seem
to be dying among our Black men. Too many are satisfied with
mediocrity and quick to complain, but think they are owed something
even though they do not contribute to anything. 

A quote about Dreams that demands inspection.

“During your life, never stop dreaming because no one can take
away your dreams” Tupac Shakur
 
Even in his lyrical raps that talk about his journey into manhood from
poverty, loneness and his love of his mother Tupac had dreams that
went beyond where he currently was to a better life for himself, his
family and his race.

There was a powerful Dreamer that united a people to reach for a
perceived impossible Dream. To lead not just HIS people to a
promised land, but others of different races that believed and followed
the Dream. This Dream was not just a Negro Dream, although it
directly affected Negros, but it brought about a change in thinking.

One quote that rings true today…..
“Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance
and conscientious stupidity.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

This translates to the inability of people to act in the face of injustice
and unlawful legislation. Dr. King had a monumental impact on all
our lives as a result of one Dream. We all know the power of a single
Dream. His Dream was not a selfish Dream. His Dream was not for
self-gratification, inflated ego, building a ministry for self promotion.
Dr. King’s Dream was not influenced by the entertainment industry
in gangsta rap, his Dream was not driven by drug induced hallucinogens
from crack, crank or cocaine, nor liquid courage of the latest drink .

This Dream was powered by prayer, humility, faith, and what many
believe the just power of the spirit of God. Dr. King’s Dream, and
those of his followers worked for a future where there is respect,
trust and peace. Looking past the color of skin, judged by the content
of character and the generosity and love in a person’s heart. 
As we celebrate a Culture and Heritage let us not forget the Dream
and how it extends into Black History Month.  
We must recognize Black achievements and share them with children
so they know they are more than athletes, entertainers and puppets in
a entertainment industry that only sees them as a dollar symbol.

The Dream is for all of us throughout the United States; regardless of
race, political association or religious convictions.  Let us not forget
the sacrifices that were made to achieve the reality of a Dream.
Blacks not only benefited from this Dream, but other nationalities
and women. Unless we continue to act upon it, work towards it, and
sacrifice for it there will only be Dreams, Blacks have not arrived yet,
but the goal is closer.

This quote of dreams rings true, “Nothing comes to a sleeping man
but dreams”.
Tupac Shakur

If we do not continue to take action we are destined only to Dream of
what could be. Just as for education, Blacks should be excelling in all
educational pursuits not statistically at the bottom. It is a travesty to the
history of Slavery when Black people used to fight tooth & nail just to
get into school when slavery was over. Now many play hookie, make
excuses for not studying, not turning in homework, being late for school,
disrespecting teachers. There are plenty of excuses, but the results are
still the same. Blacks are not taking ownership, responsibility and
accountability for their own education.
 
Dr King, Juilan Bond, Shirley Chisolm, A. Phillip Randolph, Andrew
Young, Jessie Jackson, Rosa Parks, Carter G. Woodson, Malcolm X,
Homer Plesey, and others were powerful in their quests to follow a
Dream. Each different in their execution, but all were important in
the struggle and the cause for acceptance in a country they were
born in, but rejected them because of their color.
 
The powerful quote by Heavy D (Dwight Arrington Myers) stated,
”I will say that if you or anyone you know has a "ridiculous" dream
remember, it doesn't take much to encourage someone to go for
that dream.” This is the power we as African Americans should show
to each other. The respect and dignity to Dream and support the Dreams.

African Americans should allow Black History Month to reinforce
their dreams of economic and educational success; cultural growth
and understanding; family unity. African Americans should continue
to honor a Dream, and work to better themselves because of
THEIR DREAMS.
As a united people let us remember the men and women who fought
and died for this Dream, let us continue their work towards achieving
a Dream that can still slip away from us. Youth of today rethink your
Dreams, refocus your efforts to serving your community, participate
in your ministries, become better educated, redirect your energies that
help build up your brothers and sisters not tear them down.

Heavy D, “Black people are tired, especially amongst black people. Tired
of us seeing us kill each other, us go through that situation of lack of love
for our race and for ourselves.”

This Black History Month let Love, Respect and Pride carry over to the
rest of the year and beyond. Respect Yourself, Respect Your Culture,
Love Yourself, Love Your Culture Honor Yourself and Your Culture
and let it grow not just in Black History Month, but beyond.

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