BLACK HISTORY MOMENTS
by Charlette Viney, BWOPA/TILE
The End of a Term, but the Legacy Continues ...
Through the years we have witnessed our champions display and celebrate black love. From Dr. King and Coretta Scott to currently President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. We heard how the President worships the ground the First Lady walks on and how the First Lady is the President's number one cheerleader. We've seen them laugh and be goofy around each other. Embrace each other in front of critical cameras. This is the year, 2016, President Obama's last term. Let us be thankful to have lived to see black love celebrated in the White House these past 8 years.
Black love is Black History.
Nothing embodies the significance of African American achievements than watching 106-year old Virginia McLaurin's visit President and First Lady Obama at the White House to celebrate Black History Month. Ms. McLaurin, who has undoubtedly witnessed over a century of injustices towards her people never thought she'd live to see a black president in the White House. In her words, meeting the President and the First Lady was "The joy of my entire life" and as she stated "I can die smiling now". As we watched Ms. McLaurin dance with the President and First Lady we saw her deep love for her people. We connected with her jubilance because we understand that the Obamas are standing on the shoulders of many African Americans who gave their lives for future generations to have opportunities that they were denied. More importantly, like Ms. McLaurin, we applaud the strength and the courage it has taken the Obamas to grab a piece of American History and make it their own.
Black History is Love for Family and Community.
Still in awe from watching this year's SuperBowl's 50th Halftime performance, where Beyoncé performed her new single, "Formation." Starting off with a black power fist high in the air and dancers dressed in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Black Panthers. Formation, a song in which celebrates her child's natural afro and her husband's wide nose. Controversy surrounded within seconds of the superstar's performance. Why? Because she expressed her love of Afrocentric features, self-love, love of her black child, love of her black husband, and social justice all in one song. Something that the Black Lives Matter movement has expressed repeatedly but others turned a blind eye too. In Beyoncé's performance, those blind eyes were forced to watch.
Today your children see a display of love in the White House that has never been seen before. They saw Beyoncé and a bunch of beautiful black dancers dance and celebrate blackness on a nationwide broadcasted event. To many children, this is the norm. Let us continue to display black love, self-love, and fight for social justice in which our children can relate and legacies such as these will continue. Let us continue to make great strides for the history books. Our black history moments.