I am of the opinion that Black History is everyday of the week and should not be packed into one month.
We exist and contribute on a daily basis and this should be continually celebrated especially in order to inspire and engage our young people, who at times question their sense of direction, with the apparent lack of positive role models.
Stories of how our parents challenged the system and built a community structure with a unified approach despite the discrimination they faced such as ‘No Blacks, No Irish, No Dogs’.
The fact that they came here a British Citizens; with British Passports and were considered immigrants is beyond me.
Their journey and their resolve have never been sufficiently highlighted in my opinion. I appreciate the history of the challenges faced and tackled in America, but, our journey here in the UK, was different with similarities. We have a duty to educate our youngsters so they understand who they are and their links to the country’s that their grandparents came from.
Many who do not understand our journey’s attempt to portray it. The fact is our history is a lot more than what people think.
We are a lot better than the Jerk Chicken and Reggae Music Stereotype we face. Ask our Parents, if you really want to know our history and add it to the educational curriculum. Their journey and history should be respected and celebrated.