First of all, I don’t believe in black history month. I believe in black history, every month.
Though I am a student of my past, my people and our struggles – I respect and love who I am and where I came from. My people are rich in culture, intelligence and resilience. So many of our contributions to this country will never be known because some were stolen from us and the credit went to some other group. That’s sad to me. It pisses me off. I’m not here to ruffle feathers but to educate and enlighten.
Read. Understand. Learn.
Let’s pass this knowledge on to our young people so that they go into the future understanding who they are and how they came to be where they are now. Though they have the civil and human rights all of us are automatically endowed, these rights can be taken away by a corrupt system – a system design to protect them.
We know who Martin Luther King is. We know who Malcolm X is. We know who Rosa Parks is.
Let’s learn about Kwame Ture aka Stokely Carmichael.
Now when the missionaries came to civilize us because we were uncivilized, educate us because we were uneducated, and give us some — some literate studies because we were illiterate, they charged a price. The missionaries came with the Bible, and we had the land. When they left, they had the land, and we still have the Bible. And that has been the rationalization for Western civilization as it moves across the world and stealing and plundering and raping everybody in its path. Their one rationalization is that the rest of the world is uncivilized and they are in fact civilized. And they are un-civil-ized….
Kwame Ture (born Stokely Carmichael, June 29, 1941 – November 15, 1998) was a U.S. civil-rights activist for the Civil Rights Movement and the Pan African Movement who in the 1960s originated the black nationalism rallying slogan, “BLACK POWER.” Born a Trinidadian-American, he immigrated to New York City in 1952. While attending Howard University, he joined the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and was jailed for his work with Freedom Riders. He moved away from MLK Jr’s nonviolence approach to self-defense.
Listen to Stokely Carmichael’s speech at UC Berkeley and learn more about him HERE