First off, it’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day here in the states! I’ve discovered just the thing to help anyone understand more about the contribution of black people in the USA. You can buy Black History Flashcards. A recent discovery of mine. There are so many different kinds of sets. And it’s an easy way to learn about some very important people that you may never have heard of! Dr. King had a dream:
I say to you today, my friends, though, even though
we face the difficult~es of today and tomorrow, I still have
a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American
dream. I have a dream that one day this 11ation will rise
up, live out the h·ue meaning of its creed: “‘ We hold these
truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”
You can read the full speech here. I think that an urgent part of treating one another as equals is to understand American history in full. So many black men and women have been essential to the American Dream, and yet they stay out of the history books! So many horrific injustices, like the 1921 Bombing if Tulsa in Oklahoma!
When we learn more about each other’s pasts (or our own) I believe it can create empathy for all people. We can see our mistakes and learn not to repeat them. It’s said that the truth will set you free. I believe that if we all come together and embrace the truth of our history (not just what we learn in school, but all of it) then we will be able to come together and embrace one another in equality. Equality belongs to everybody. I think the flashcards are an excellent step towards broadening our minds through education. When we see the trials and contributions of the black community (whether you are black, white, or brown) it opens our eyes and lets us see one another as equals.
May we all work together to bring Dr. King’s dream to fruition!
UPDATE: I am still struggling with vestibular migraines. This means I am dizzy to the point that I can’t stand up most of the time. This has been going on for a few months. It makes it very hard to form coherent sentences or to concentrate. I am finally getting in to see a neurologist tomorrow! So hopefully he can help me get better.
That said. I’m going to take the next two weeks off from my blog. I don’t get much time, because of how sick I am, to write and I have a February deadline that I need to meet for my novel. So I want to concentrate all of my writing time on that. I’ll meet you back here on February 5th!
Thanks for your patience and support!