BlackHistoryMonth2022: Jesse Jackson

Another powerful force for African-Americans, for Civil Rights, for Equality.

Because of his timing and work, he was the first leader I was aware of as a young person.

Listen up: “”At the end of the day, we must go forward with hope and not backward by fear and division.” …”

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Black History Month 2022: Colin Kaepernick

A great athlete, a great student through college, a great example for us all. Colin Kaepernick.

Do what you believe is right. Speak up. Stand your ground on the principles that guide you, that can help show the way for others.

From the little I’ve listened to and read, this is the essence of Colin Kaepernick, the former professional football player and civil rights activist.

He was amazingly fun to watch play football; his legacy will be his activism.

Thank You for using you platform, Thank You for seeing the higher purpose of your great athletic abilities, Thank You for continuing to speak up, and helping others do the same.

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Black History Month 2022: Sam Sanders, Zach Stafford, Saeed Jones

These three amazing voices from right now, what a troika of power and good in the world.

Zach Stafford, accomplished journalist and editor, including the first Black Editor-In-Chief at The Advocate, also Editor-In-Chief at Buzzfeed, and also an investigative journalist at The Guardian.

Poet in power, author, amazing voice, Saeed Jones. Thoughtful, provocative, insightful, so much good to share.

Sam Sanders, journalist and podcaster, NPR voice of It’s Been A Minute, as well as other great reporting, filled with humor and insight that will challenge and awaken you.

Zach: “A check will never hold you when you’re sad and a piece of clothing will never be the thing you call for words of encouragement in your darkest moments,”

Saeed: “I made myself a promise: Even if it meant becoming a stranger to my loved ones, even if it meant keeping secrets, I would have a life of my own.”

Sam: “I think that since this country’s founding, America has been a country built on racial hierarchy and exploitation and subjugation. And a lot of that history is still present, and we don’t want to talk about it or examine just how big of a factor race is in American life still in 2021. And flashpoints like the insurrection last week are just the latest chapter in a book that we’ve been writing for decades and centuries now.”

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Black History Month 2022: Sidney Poitier

Quite an air this man had about him. A certain class, a particular panache, set him apart.

First African-American actor to win the Oscar Award for Best Actor. So many acclaims, so many accolades, one of the last actors of the Golden Age.

Sidney Poitier: “I do know I’m responsible not for what happens but what I make of it.”

Black History Month 2022: Lena Horne

Mmm, mmm, what a lady what a lady. Seasame Street was the first time I recall Ms. Lena Horne.

She performed for decades, stole the hearts of countless, and shined bright for all to see.

Lena Horne: “Don’t be afraid to feel as angry or as loving as you can, because when you feel nothing, it’s just death.” “The best thing about living… is the chance to keep on doing it!” “Nobody, black or white, who really believes in democracy can stand aside now. Everybody’s got to stand up and be counted.”

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Black History Month 2022: Jim Brown

I recall hearing this man’s name for the first time from my dad. Jim Brown played for the American Football team the Cleveland Browns, in the 1960’s.

Grinder in on the gridiron. Then a grinder for civil rights after he retired from football.

This quote might capture a bit of his attitude: “

I’m not interested in trying to work on people’s perceptions. I am who I am, and if you don’t take the time to learn about that, then your perception is going to be your problem.”

Jim Brown

And this article explains the particular greatness of what he accomplished.

Black History Month 2022: Al Sharpton

Born in New York City, a Civil Rights protege of Jesse Jackson and by extension even Martin Luther King Jr., a Baptist Minister like them,

an outspoken voice and leader and energized force in the fight for social justice,

Consistent in his demand and insistence on shining the light on racial injustice when he sees it,

Not without controversy at times, as anyone one at the tip of the spear often finds themselves,

Exemplified by this recount from a call with Coretta Scott King, during which she told him “sometimes you are tempted to speak to the applause of the crowd rather than the heights of the cause, and you will say cheap things to get cheap applause rather than do high things to raise the nation higher”.

Duly acknowledged miss-steps at times, the firebrand, the voice for the voiceless, lives on, and continues to speak up for positive change.

Al Sharpton: “In order to establish peace, you must have fair justice for everyone.”

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Black History Month 2022: Fredrick Douglass

A visionary with a history, and a purpose; and articulate and thoughtful man who believed on decency, and what is right.

Born into slavery two hundred years ago, he escaped to freedom, and became a tireless voice for those not treated equally in American society. He spoke up not only for and end to slavery, but as a clear voice for women’s suffrage as well.

His compass, his direction were clear.

His perspective ? “I would unite with anybody to do right and with nobody to do wrong.”

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Black History Month 2022: Amanda Gorman

This young woman, amazing. Amazed at her perspective, her vision, her beauty inside and out, her…words. Her words that no no boundaries, truly. Her power, from within, deep within. Her view, her words, her vision of what can be, what will be, inspired. Never more true than now, right now, with voices like hers, her voice, leading the way into a new chapter, new dawn.

Let it be so, let it be so.

From Gorman’s Poem, “The Hill We Climb”…

“So while once we asked,
how could we possibly prevail over catastrophe?
Now we assert,
How could catastrophe possibly prevail over us?
We will not march back to what was,
but move to what shall be.”

Yes. YES.

More power? Her mantra every time she performs, as she says…

“So my mantra is: ‘I’m the daughter of Black writers who are descended from Freedom Fighters who broke their chains and changed the world. They call me,”.

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Black History Month 2022: Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali

Speakers of their truth, living their lives in outspoken, inspired form, both men were drivers during the Civil Rights era of the 1960’s. One made it further, the other didn’t.

Provocative, provoking, unrelenting.

Malcolm X: “Without education, you’re not going anywhere in this world.”

Muhammad Ali: “You don’t lose if you get knocked down; you lose if you stay down.”

Malcolm X:

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