Coretta Scott King Lives! – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine
It is Black History Month. The schools have dusted the books from last year; lesson plans on the achievements of a few Blacks will be highlighted.
At the end of the month the books will be packed away until next year. In many school districts Black History is confined to a month. But Black History is American History and it should be an essential part of the daily curriculum. If people are not reminded of their history apathy occurs; they lose their sense of belonging and ‘drift in the desert sand of dead habit.’ Civics is not a strong subject with our children.
While they talk about the latest video games, smart technology and brand-name products the achievements of Black heroes escape them. Black History is rich with examples of perseverance and the struggles for acceptance and recognition in a world in which the deck is stacked against peoples of color.
Women in particular have fought tirelessly against the odds to secure an education, employment and space in which to raise their families. The current Trump administration has divided America. Washington is poisoned by rancor and inflamed with suspicion and discord; each day brings its own conspiracy and we are only a month into the new administration.
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