“Each February, National Black History Month serves as both a celebration and a powerful reminder that Black history is American history, Black culture is American culture, and Black stories are essential to the ongoing story of America — our faults, our struggles, our progress, and our aspirations. Shining a light on Black history today is as important to understanding ourselves and growing stronger as a Nation as it has ever been. That is why it is essential that we take time to celebrate the immeasurable contributions of Black Americans, honor the legacies and achievements of generations past, reckon with centuries of injustice, and confront those injustices that still fester today.” A Proclamation on National Black History Month, 2022
Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote his “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” on April 16, 1963, addressed to “My Dear Fellow Clergymen”. He was jailed for protesting segregation which persisted in Birmingham even after it was outlawed in the U.S. He told his fellow Christians, “Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will.”
Most of us have a shallow knowledge of history in general, and we are even more clueless about Black history. As we move into new beginnings and new callings at Christ the King, perhaps this February is a good time to dedicate ourselves to new knowledge and understanding.
We have attached a list of activities and information to expand our understanding of Black history and experience. Can you resolve to choose at least one each week in February?
As Mahatma Gandhi said, “Live as if you were to die tomorrow, learn as if you were to live forever.”
Racial Justice Team