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Ode to Black History

Just like Maya

I wish I could write

I wish my words

Would inspire others to join the fight

 

Like Harriet

I wish I was brave

I’d be so legit

Leading to freedom, today’s modern slaves

 

I wish I could dream

Like Langston or Martin

I’d come up with great things

To have a part in

 

And if I was bold

Like Angela Davis

I’d be like Sojourner Truth

I’d be courageous

 

Or maybe I’d want to be immovable

Like Rosa Parks

I’d want even my sitting

To light a spark

 

Or what if I could speak

Like Mr. Frederick Douglass

I’d be able to voice the truth

For so many of us

 

And if like W.E.B. DuBois or Carter G. Woodson

I was smart

I would know where to end

I would know where to start

 

Yet if I was like Hattie McDaniel

I’d play my part

I’d create and cultivate

I’d perfect my art

 

If I were a strong leader like Malcolm

With the influence of Martin

Maybe I would soften some hearts

That have been hardened

 

But even if I’m just Chanel

With limitations

I can still do my part

To motivate this nation

 

If black history

Means so much to me

I’d put into practice

All that I could be

 

I’d learn from their examples

And I’d do my best

I would be who that had in mind

When they were on their quests

 

 

 

 

 

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Carter G. Woodson – Historic

Carter G. Woodson – Historic

Historic – well-known or important in history

Carter Godwin Woodson was an African-American writer and historian. He is considered the “Father of Black History Month.”

He wrote the book The Mis-Education of the Negro, a thesis that African-Americans of his day were being culturally mistaught in American schools. He claimed this to be a type of conditioning that caused African-Americans to become dependent rather than independent in society.

Mr. Woodson was one of the first African-Americans to receive a doctorate from Harvard University, and dedicated his career to African-American study. He worked to establish Black History Month as a nationwide institution. In his work to get schools and organizations to participate in a program to encourage the study of African Americans’ contributions to our history, Black History Month became the final product (which was originally Negro History Week).

The month of February was chosen to honor the birth months of abolitionist Frederick Douglass and President Abraham Lincoln.

Carter G. Woodson reminds me that if history truly does repeat itself, then we certainly need to make sure we know our history. We learn from history. History shapes our lives. Shouldn’t we want to know more about the things that have impacted us so much?

When you control a man’s thinking you do not have to worry about his actions. – Carter G. Woodson

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