Valentine’s Day still dominates our workplace and schools as the February holiday.

The reality is…

Your corporate job is more likely to throw a party for Valentine’s Day than acknowledge the magnitude of what Black History’s entire Month actually represents.

The truth is…

Black History Month deserves more than trivia to commemorate the suffering and sheer will power of the millions of African American people who historically heavily influenced, and arguably continue to dominate their influence on American life and culture.

Here is the story we are told…

Black History Month begins in 1915, half a century after the Thirteenth Amendment abolished slavery in the United States.

January 1, 1863 is supposed to be an emancipation date we celebrate in America as it marks the official freedom of all the slaves.

Here is what actually happened…

There was nothing tangible to celebrate for the men and women who went from being property to then being free on January 1st, 160 years ago. They were all in grave danger and if you are a descendant of one of these former slaves you come from strong and resilient people.

That is a Black History fact.

But let’s ask some questions and take a closer look…

Who was actively trying to pay the freed slaves on January 2, 1863? Their former owners?

Who would love the formerly enslaved people and treat them with dignity and respect in the South and in 1863?

Who tended to helping to heal their souls after years of cruelty in 1863?

Did freedom mean safety or employment following the emancipation?


That is a Black History fact.

We overlook the devastating facts when we talk about Black History Month amongst our friends and colleagues and we should not.

Black inventors and pioneers should be celebrated, not just for their inventions via games of trivia, but for the roots of the entrepreneurial spirit that was born out of necessity and out of oppression.

But what about the people who didn’t invent anything but are the only reason that my current friends could be born years later.

What about my friend’s great great grandmother who didn’t invent anything but went through literal hell for her great great granddaughter to be born 100+ years later and be successful and independent.

She matters. My friends great great grandmother matters, and she, and all of these warriors deserve remembrance and acknowledgement for enduring how it really was in America for a very long time.

That is Black History.

What do we think happened to the freed slaves in this Country when the federal government told a bunch of racist white people they couldn’t own other people?

What really happened?

What happened is hundreds of thousands of freed slaves died from starvation and murder and no one was held accountable.

That is what happened after we “freed” the people that were enslaved.

That is Black history.

Free did not mean equal and free often meant starve to death and die with no justice because though you may be free you had no rights.

No one White was accountable for hurting anyone Black for 100+ years in America.

That is Black history.

Yet in still, what we teach in schools is mostly trivia and we celebrate the emancipation.

A quarter of the four million freed slaves either died, were murdered, or suffered from illness between 1862 and 1870.

That was after the emancipation.

One million+ people died after they were “freed”.

This is a genocide that occurred on American soil imposed by white American’s.

That is a Black history fact.

The survival. The treatment. The endurance of the hearts of the African Americans who survived to bring about future generations surly do not deserve to take a back seat to Valentine’s Day.

⁃ Dedicated with love to Mrs. Gertrude Williams whom I never had the personal pleasure to meet as she passed when my grandmother was young, but shaped so much of my character through her influence.

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