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25/02/2019
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“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” Harriet Tubman

Motivation Mondays: Black History Month

Motivation Mondays: Black History Month

Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations. Dr. Mae Jemison
For I am my mother’s daughter, and the drums of Africa still beat in my heart. Mary McLeod Bethune
No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow. Alice Walker
Women, if the soul of the nation is to be saved, I believe that you must become its soul. Coretta Scott King
I would like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free… so other people would be also free. Rosa Parks
Books were my pass to personal freedom. I learned to read at age three, and soon discovered there was a whole world to conquer that went beyond our farm in Mississippi. Oprah Winfrey
I do not know if these hands will become Malcolm’s—raised and fisted or Martin’s—open and asking or James’s—curled around a pen. I do not know if these hands will be Rosa’s or Ruby’s gently gloved and fiercely folded calmly in a lap, on a desk, around a book, ready to change the world . . .” Jacqueline Woodson
Of course I’m a black writer … I’m not just a black writer, but categories like black writer, woman writer, Latin American writer aren’t marginal anymore. We have to acknowledge that the thing we call “literature” is more pluralistic now, just as society ought to be. The melting pot never worked. We ought to be able to accept on equal terms everybody from the Hassidim to Walter Lippmann, from the Rastafarians to Ralph Bunche.” Toni Morrison

Black History Month (BHM): Every February, we join forces to celebrate the history, culture, and rich heritage of this great community and people of diverse backgrounds; we are here, we are in the diaspora and global. This year, I’d like to celebrate our mothers and fathers who have kept the threads that connect us together very strong and lasting… some against all odds. I’d like to honor the many souls, some unsung, who have inspired us over the years and those who inspire us daily, and I’d like to share a few quotes from some of our great icons/voices who have inspired me and many others in the African American community.  Some of the quotes shared are from activists, writers  and leaders of the Civil Rights movement. The power of quotes is that they tend to capture the essence of a key point being made and give us food for thought. They also shed light on the thinking and discourse of the period in question. Read them.

We live in a divisive world where racial tensions and petty hatreds continue to impact communities globally. We claim we are all equal while ignoring the anguish and suffering of the voiceless and oppressed in our midst. Some like to claim they don’t see color which is a ridiculous statement if I’ve ever heard one. I want you to see me, see my color, and still treat me with the same level of dignity and humanity you desire for yourself and loved ones. Even the colorblind see the fundamental uniqueness of our diverse backgrounds, features, and global distinctions. Let’s acknowledge and respect our differences. Sameness is not possible in a world where even nature and the animal world are rich and varied.  We can be the face of change but it has to start with each of us. It has to start in our homes and in our hearts. Without critical self-analysis and honest reflection, we will continue to pay lip-service to calls for equality in an unequal world. What do you know about BHM? Share your story!
READ: Motivation Mondays: Heart & History Matter
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Won’t you celebrate with me by Lucille Clifton
won’t you celebrate with me
what i have shaped into
a kind of life? i had no model.
born in babylon
both nonwhite and woman
what did i see to be except myself?
i made it up
here on this bridge between
starshine and clay,
my one hand holding tight
my other hand; come celebrate
with me that everyday
something has tried to kill me
and has failed. via poets.org

 

 

“One day our descendants will think it incredible that we paid so much attention to things like the amount of melanin in our skin or the shape of our eyes or our gender instead of the unique identities of each of us as complex human beings.” Franklin Thomas

Motivation Mondays: Black History Month

Motivation Mondays: Black History Month

Origins of Black History Month: In 1926, in the United States, historian, Carter G. Woodson, and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History announced the second week of February to be “Negro History Week” In February 1969, black educators and the Black United Students at Kent State University proposed a Black History Month. The first celebration of Black History Month took place at Kent State one year later, from January 2, 1970 – February 28, 1970.
Six years later (1976), Black History Month was being celebrated all across the country in educational institutions, centers of Black culture and community centers, both great and small, when President Gerald Ford recognized Black History Month, during the celebration of the United States Bicentennial. He urged Americans to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history”.
Since then, each American president has issued African American History Month proclamations. And the association—now the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH)—continues to promote the study of Black history all year. Sources: AfricanAmericanHistoryMonth, Wikipedia

Black History Month: By now, you all know that Green Book won the Academy Award for Best Picture last night. It is named after The Negro Motorist Green Book which was an invaluable travel reference guide for African Americans during the Jim Crow era. Because of the discriminatory, racist and even violent experiences black people suffered during that period, a postal worker from New York, Victor H. Green, created a green guide to help them find welcoming places to eat, shop, stay and visit while traveling around the USA. Some of the sharpest criticism the film received came from reviewers who felt the film was pandering to a form of revisionist history. They also noted that the film focused on the sanitized, even reinvented, perspective of the hired chauffeur. Granted, the story is told through the lens, perhaps selective memory, of the white chauffeur, Tony Vallelonga’s son, but he chooses to sweep some glaring facts under the table. Apparently, Dr. Donald Shirley’s family also objected to the way he was portrayed in the film.

Does Green Book have some missteps? Yes, the film misses an opportunity to delve deeply and honestly into a period when traveling while black in a “sundown town” could cost you your life.  The film is supposed to be about the personal challenges a brilliant African American jazz pianist faces as he travels through the South with his white chauffeur, yet it veers left re-framing the focus on the latter. The main characters, played by Viggo Mortensen, as Tony Vallelonga, and Mahershala Ali, as Dr. Donald Shirley, develop a friendship that brings them together as allies against the spewing, simmering racial hatreds of the time. We get to see them travel through the south including through some of those scary “sundown towns.” But the real terror of that period is not captured, it is downplayed and that is what most find offensive and egregious. Even the movie’s concluding scene offers a seemingly fairy-tale ending that some dismiss as implausible. It is interesting that Green Book beat out stiff competition from some truly excellent movies. Here are the Academy Award nominees for Best Picture: Black Panther, BlacKkKlansman, Bohemian Rhapsody, The Favourite, Green Book, Roma, A Star Is Born, and Vice. Which movie would you have chosen?
READ: Oscars 2019: ‘Green Book’ is the worst best picture winner since ‘Crash’
Motivation Mondays: Black Panther Movie Review – Lessons On Leadership

 

Coherence in Consequence by Claudia Rankine
Imagine them in black, the morning heat losing within this day that floats. And always there is the being, and the not-seeing on their way to—
The days they approach and their sharpest aches will wrap experience until knowledge is translucent, the frost on which they find themselves slipping. Never mind the loose mindless grip of their forms reflected in the eye-watering hues of the surface, these two will survive in their capacity to meet, to hold the other beneath the plummeting, in the depths below each step full of avoidance. What they create will be held up, will resume: the appetite is bigger than joy. indestructible. for never was it independent from who they are. who will be.
Were we ever to arrive at knowing the other as the same pulsing compassion would break the most orthodox heart. via poets.org

 

I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality…. I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Motivation Mondays: Black History Month

Motivation Mondays: Black History Month

Freedom is never given; it is won. A. Philip Randolph
Black history is American history. Morgan Freeman
If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Frederick Douglass
The cost of liberty is less than the price of repression. W.E.B. Du Bois
We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. Nelson Mandela
My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together. Desmond Tutu
In recognizing the humanity of our fellow beings, we pay ourselves the highest tribute. Thurgood Marshall
In all my life, I have never been free. I have never been able to do anything with freedom, except in the field of my writing. Langston Hughes
I love America more than any other country in this world, and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually. James Baldwin
Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed. Booker T. Washington

Black History Month: Green Book ObservationsA few months ago, before the movie, Green Book, hit the theaters, I got an early invite to preview it at my local cinema. I was curious. Why? Because it was a movie about a period of national, cultural, and historical significance and little had been shared about it. Many folks did not know of the Green Book and I can attest to the fact that it wasn’t taught in schools either so my curiosity was piqued. The theater was not packed and the attendees were mostly senior citizens who might have been cognizant of the shameful practices of that era. While the subject matter was fascinating and equally disturbing, and the acting chops of the lead characters well placed, I also found the movie wanting/lacking and whitewashing/glossing over the frightening tensions of that period in American history. Yet, I believe stories like this, even when flawed, need to be told because they give us an opportunity to have a dialogue, to educate, and to rebut or revisit such stories through the lens and eyes of other historians and filmmakers.

The Smithsonian Channel Documentary – The Green Book: Guide to Freedom that premieres today Monday, Feb 25, offers a perspective shared through the eyes of people of color who lived through that period. It is highly recommended. What do you know about BH? Were you aware of the Green Book and its historical significance to the black experience while traveling? Were you aware that it spurred a rise in black entrepreneurial efforts to offer motels, rest stops, shops and other solutions to the problem? Even though I didn’t grow up in the USA, I learned a lot about this great nation in school, at home, and through a wide range of multimedia offerings. Some of my earliest memories are of the rich, creative, and cultural contributions made by black people to the world of music, literature, science and the global movement for change. Watching the Smithsonian documentary gave me pause and was a powerful reminder of how indomitable the human spirit can be.  It is a reminder of how people can rise to combat oppression through solutions that benefit and raise the spirits of a maligned group.  Share your story!
READ: The Documentary Highlighting the Real Green Book
Revisiting a Jim Crow-Era Guide for Traveling While Black

 

On Being Brought from Africa to America by Phillis Wheatley
‘Twas mercy brought me from my Pagan land,
Taught my benighted soul to understand
That there’s a God, that there’s a Saviour too:
Once I redemption neither sought nor knew.
Some view our sable race with scornful eye,
“Their colour is a diabolic die.”
Remember, Christians, Negros, black as Cain,
May be refin’d, and join th’ angelic train. via poets.org

 

 

The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for JAN – FEB 2019 are:

JAN

01/01   –  01 New Year’s Day, 05 National Bird Day
01/06   –  06 Golden Globe Awards,  07 Orthodox Christmas, 11 Human Trafficking Awareness Day,
01/13  –  13 Critics Choice Awards, 14 Image Awards, 16 Religious Freedom Day
01/20   –  21 Martin Luther King Jr. Day, 26 Nat’l. Spouses Day
01/27 –    27 Commemoration Victims of the Holocaust, SAG Awards

FEB

01/03   –  04 World Cancer Day, 05 Chinese New Year
01/10   –  10 Grammy Awards,   14 Valentine’s Day
01/17  –  18 Presidents Day, 14 Image Awards,
01/24   –  24 Academy Awards,

 

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Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it. No person has the right to rain on your dreams. If you don’t like the way the world is, you change it. Marian Wright Edelman

Motivation Mondays: Black History Month

Motivation Mondays: Black History Month

Motivation Mondays: Black History Month

Motivation Mondays: Black History Month

Truth is powerful and it prevails. Sojourner Truth
Do not call for black power or green power. Call for brain power. Barbara Jordan
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave, I am the dream and the hope of the slave’. Still I Rise. Maya Angelou
Hate is too great a burden to bear. It injures the hater more than it injures the hated. Coretta Scott King
Defining myself, as opposed to being defined by others, is one of the most difficult challenges I face. Carol Moseley-Braun
Be a good ancestor. Stand for something bigger than yourself. Add value to the Earth during your sojourn. Marian Wright Edelman
Sometimes, I feel discriminated against, but it does not make me angry. It merely astonishes me. How can any deny themselves the pleasure of my company? Zora Neale Hurston
You may not always have a comfortable life and you will not always be able to solve all of the world’s problems at once but don’t ever underestimate the importance you can have because history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own. Michelle Obama

 

Black History Month: As early as 1919, Carter G. Woodson and Jesse E. Moorland started an organization dedicated to documenting the achievements of African Americans. By 1926, they created a Negro History week to complement the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. The Civil Rights Movement propelled the idea even further and by 1976, President Gerald Ford declared February an official month honoring the History of Black people in the USA. When I think about the Civil Rights Movement and the tremendous strides black folks and, the many supporters who joined hands made to win freedoms and rights in this great nation, I am reminded of the power of staying centered and focused on a goal. I am also reminded of another centering tip which is to keep your small victories in front of you as you strive for more successes.

Why is BH and being focused important? Revisiting Black History month is a testament to the resilience of  a group to make life better. We must never forget our history. When we are motivated to achieve a dream, a small victory is a gift or signpost that we are making incremental effort and achieving parts of our goal. The same can be said for any goal we set our minds on. When we celebrate our victories, we are empowered to continue and our fearlessness quotient increases. The Civil Rights Movement was fraught with so many challenges, attacks, loss of life and intimidation yet, the people rallied and stood, against all odds, for the right to equal access for all. In honor of the many who have inspired us over the years and those who inspire us daily, let’s celebrate all who have contributed to this journey. Share a quote from someone who inspires you!
READ: Motivation Mondays: STAY CENTERED
Motivation Mondays: CELEBRATION

 

For My People by Margaret Walker
For my people everywhere singing their slave songs
repeatedly: their dirges and their ditties and their blues
and jubilees, praying their prayers nightly to an
unknown god, bending their knees humbly to an
unseen power;

For my people lending their strength to the years, to the
gone years and the now years and the maybe years,
washing ironing cooking scrubbing sewing mending
hoeing plowing digging planting pruning patching
dragging along never gaining never reaping never
knowing and never understanding;

For my playmates in the clay and dust and sand of Alabama
backyards playing baptizing and preaching and doctor
and jail and soldier and school and mama and cooking
and playhouse and concert and store and hair and Miss
Choomby and company;

For the cramped bewildered years we went to school to learn
to know the reasons why and the answers to and the
people who and the places where and the days when, in
memory of the bitter hours when we discovered we
were black and poor and small and different and nobody
cared and nobody wondered and nobody understood;

For the boys and girls who grew in spite of these things to
be man and woman, to laugh and dance and sing and
play and drink their wine and religion and success, to
marry their playmates and bear children and then die
of consumption and anemia and lynching;

For my people thronging 47th Street in Chicago and Lenox
Avenue in New York and Rampart Street in New
Orleans, lost disinherited dispossessed and happy
people filling the cabarets and taverns and other
people’s pockets needing bread and shoes and milk and
land and money and something—something all our own;

For my people walking blindly spreading joy, losing time
being lazy, sleeping when hungry, shouting when
burdened, drinking when hopeless, tied, and shackled
and tangled among ourselves by the unseen creatures
who tower over us omnisciently and laugh;

For my people blundering and groping and floundering in
the dark of churches and schools and clubs and
societies, associations and councils and committees and
conventions, distressed and disturbed and deceived and
devoured by money-hungry glory-craving leeches,
preyed on by facile force of state and fad and novelty, by
false prophet and holy believer;

For my people standing staring trying to fashion a better way
from confusion, from hypocrisy and misunderstanding,
trying to fashion a world that will hold all the people,
all the faces, all the adams and eves and their countless
generations;

Let a new earth rise. Let another world be born. Let a
bloody peace be written in the sky. Let a second
generation full of courage issue forth; let a people
loving freedom come to growth. Let a beauty full of
healing and a strength of final clenching be the pulsing
in our spirits and our blood. Let the martial songs
be written, let the dirges disappear. Let a race of men now
rise and take control. Copyright © 1989 by Margaret Walker via poets.org

 

 

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Motivation Mondays is open to anyone who wishes to share a motivational quote, photo, personal challenge or a post that encourages others to start the week on an upbeat note.
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Until Next Time…
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Elizabeth Obih-Frank
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211 Comments leave one →
  1. Melissa permalink
    26/02/2019 4:38 am

    I always look forward to these motivational posts!! It is definitely important to learn about history of all cultures and civilizations.

  2. Kansas Bonanno permalink
    26/02/2019 5:32 am

    Celebrating cultural awareness is so important, it gives appreciation from where one comes from.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      04/03/2019 10:58 am

      So true..

  3. You, Me and Benny permalink
    26/02/2019 5:33 am

    what a great post! I loved the “won’t you celebrate me” poem you have in here – that was really good! I feel like I learned a lot I didn’t know about from this!

  4. Alexandra Cook permalink
    26/02/2019 7:14 am

    The color will not define who you are. So sad, that racism is still exists. It’s time for others to accept black like how they accept us.

  5. Nicole Cline permalink
    26/02/2019 10:42 am

    I loved reading your celebration of black history month, your writing is always very inspiring. One of my favorite quotes today was “One day our descendants will think it incredible that we paid so much attention to things like the amount of melanin in our skin or the shape of our eyes or our gender instead of the unique identities of each of us as complex human beings.” Franklin Thomas. I love that we are all unique, special, and complex and how Franklin Thomas has faith that soon everyone will see that our uniqueness is what truly is important.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      04/03/2019 11:01 am

      I love that one too.

  6. SincerelySnide permalink
    26/02/2019 12:12 pm

    I lost interest in seeing the Green Book after the whole controversy, so my plan is to read the book. I enjoyed the post, thanks for sharing.

  7. Lisa permalink
    26/02/2019 12:51 pm

    There are some really inspirational people to commemorate for black history month. The story of Rosa Parks never fails to move me.

  8. Stephanie permalink
    26/02/2019 1:03 pm

    The only movie I saw that was up for Best Picture is Black Panther and I loved that one! My son has been studying quite a few notable names for Black History Month and comes home telling us about them most days. He’s in kindergarten, so it’s a basic lesson for now, but still the start of learning about the diversity in people.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      04/03/2019 10:58 am

      It’s a good start!

  9. Sudipa permalink
    26/02/2019 1:35 pm

    It was a good read.down the memory lane

  10. Ann Snook permalink
    26/02/2019 1:57 pm

    I didn’t see Green Book but am annoyed that yet again a white man’s version of someone else’s story took top prize. I didn’t know what the title referred to so thanks for educating me!

  11. Krysten permalink
    26/02/2019 2:12 pm

    This is amazing and so important, although I’d prefer to see us celebrate black history ALL YEAR. There are so many important people and they deserve to be celebrated all year round.

  12. Nicole Anderson permalink
    26/02/2019 2:20 pm

    I haven’t as yet seen film Green Book so I can’t comment at all on that but I was very interested to read your observations of it and am now wanting to see it myself. Not being from that dreadful era, I am also limited to reading history and trying to appreciate what this would have been like. Personally I love the quote by Nelson Mandela who referred to education as being the weapon to effect positive change in the world. Part of that education includes places such as the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta which I found extremely enriching when I visited. The more people that are educated on Black History and the struggle that took place, the better as we collectively need to move toward a more enlightened world.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      04/03/2019 10:57 am

      Well said.Thank you!

  13. GiGi Eats Celebrities permalink
    26/02/2019 2:24 pm

    I absolutely ADORE this quote: “Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it.”

  14. Blair villanueva permalink
    26/02/2019 3:26 pm

    We might all born different in physical features amd came from different races, but in the eyes of the good Nature, we are ONE and the same.

  15. Patricia Chamberlain permalink
    26/02/2019 4:00 pm

    I love all these quotes you shared! In our house, we really try to celebrate my daughter’s(who has a Black biological parent) heritage every month, but I love learning new things each February.

  16. Britney permalink
    26/02/2019 4:37 pm

    I would love to check out that Smithsonian documentary! Love your quotes like always.

  17. Fran Jorgensen permalink
    26/02/2019 4:55 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing this great information! I love the fact that there is an interest in this part of history. Thank you for sharing!

  18. Adriana permalink
    26/02/2019 6:04 pm

    Black History Month is so important. I love reading about the history. I always learn so much more each year. amazing!

  19. A Nation of Moms permalink
    26/02/2019 6:32 pm

    Those are great quotes! It is so good to learn about history and use Black History Month as an opportunity to create awareness and hopefully make the world a better place.

  20. Neil Alvin Nicerio permalink
    26/02/2019 7:00 pm

    It’s really great that more and more people are becoming less and less racists. I hope that everyone will treat each other kindly regardless of skin color and race.

  21. Christa Anne permalink
    26/02/2019 7:01 pm

    I haven’t seen Green Book yet. I’ve heard it’s a bit problematic. After it won the Academy Award, a friend said the Academy loves movies about white people overcoming racism more than it like stories about black people living it. I agree with my friend’s statement.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      04/03/2019 10:56 am

      You and me both Christa Anne!

  22. Fatima D Torres permalink
    26/02/2019 7:05 pm

    No matter how much time passes, there’s a sense of strength-building that comes every year with Black History Month. It’s quite inspiring.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      04/03/2019 10:54 am

      Indeed and honoring Black History is part of it.

  23. Jess permalink
    26/02/2019 7:48 pm

    There are many things that must continue to improve before black people can be comfortable and feel like an actual citizen in the US. Great information in this post regarding black history

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      04/03/2019 10:54 am

      I concur.

  24. Sheela Khadgi permalink
    26/02/2019 8:50 pm

    Great post! Learnt a lot about Black History Month.

  25. Preet permalink
    26/02/2019 9:01 pm

    What a powerful post. As a part of other culture we cannot please everyone to accept use. But loving our self is one of our weapon.

  26. Czjai Reyes-Ocampo permalink
    26/02/2019 9:58 pm

    Green Book is such a powerful, yet riveting movie. I actually read the book before seeing the film, and the latter truly deserved that Academy Award.

  27. Kenneth Clutario Agudo permalink
    26/02/2019 10:17 pm

    Wow inspiring as it is. Nelson Mandela is one of the well know for it. Thank you for sharing positivity in this world. We need more like you.

  28. Geraline Batarra permalink
    26/02/2019 11:12 pm

    Such a wonderful blog. We should really don’t forget our cultures and treasure it whatever race we are.

  29. successunscrambled permalink
    27/02/2019 12:14 am

    It is so good to see that over time more about the past is being made into movie that keep wining awards. We don’t want to forget what happened in the past to bring us to this point so it is important to remember what went wrong so that we can learn from our mistakes in an effort to improve the future.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      04/03/2019 10:53 am

      It is very important to never forget the past and to know and share our history. Those who forget are made to learn the hard way.

  30. Sarah Stockley (@kipperscurtains) permalink
    27/02/2019 12:51 am

    My children have been learning all about Black History month at school. Such an important subject for them to learn about.

  31. Geraline Batarra permalink
    27/02/2019 1:11 am

    I love that Alice Walker quote. If you know you’re amright and you know what you really want. You should not let anybody stop you.

  32. StressedMum (@stressedmum01) permalink
    27/02/2019 2:09 am

    I always love the quotes at the start of your posts, this one is no exception so very true just follow your dreams x

  33. Geraline Batarra permalink
    27/02/2019 3:31 am

    Love all the quotes, it’s so deep and touching. I think I want to watch ’20 days of slavery again’, it’s really something to watch to motivate myself when times get rough.

  34. aisasami permalink
    27/02/2019 4:18 am

    I haven’t seen Green Book and I can admit that I didn’t know about it until I saw the Oscars’ list. (Sorry, we don’t get a lot of foreign films here in Japan). I have to heck it out. But, I feel like though our difference, we can work in union to make the world a bigger and better place.

  35. MELANIE EDJOURIAN permalink
    27/02/2019 4:30 am

    This made for an interesting read. I think those that say they do not see colour are not necessarily being honest. It’s about accepting our differences and living our lives in a more all-inclusive manner.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      04/03/2019 11:00 am

      Exactly… I’m tired of that BS I don’t see color line. It is part of a false narrative that needs to stop. I agree with you.

  36. Homestead-It.com permalink
    27/02/2019 4:47 am

    Wow! You certainly put a lot of thought into this post. Thank you for sharing. I firmly believe that all cultures and backgrounds should be celebrated but that created us all from 1 race, the human race 😁

  37. Monidipa Dutta (@MonidipaDutta51) permalink
    27/02/2019 6:49 am

    I never knew about it. Thanks for such a detailed post.

  38. sincerelymissj permalink
    27/02/2019 7:48 am

    Great post for black history month. Very informative and a great reminder how lucky we are that we have some great heroes before us to pave the way.

  39. mockingbirdtranslationsuk permalink
    27/02/2019 7:48 am

    Love the quotes and poem in this post <3

  40. fashionandstylepolice permalink
    27/02/2019 10:11 am

    What an informative post. I love Black History Month. Good to celebrate the history of black people.

  41. Nicole permalink
    27/02/2019 10:25 am

    Black history month is so important! I love the quotes and messages that you chose. It’s always important to know how far we have come as a nation, and especially all that these amazing men and women have done. Thanks for sharing!

  42. Nina permalink
    27/02/2019 11:12 am

    I also think the whole “I don’t see color” is bs. We all do. What you said about seeing it and treating people the same is perfect.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      04/03/2019 10:52 am

      Thank you Nina!

  43. Bree L. permalink
    27/02/2019 11:35 am

    I always love the quotes you choose. My favorite today is: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela

  44. Ann Snook permalink
    27/02/2019 11:59 am

    I will have to give that Smithsonian documentary a watch. I am so interested in the histories of minority groups in the US and that sounds like a great resource.

  45. Nina permalink
    27/02/2019 2:53 pm

    I need this a lot, “Every great dream begins with a dreamer.” Your site never failed to provide motivation!

  46. Rebecca Sanchez permalink
    27/02/2019 3:26 pm

    Sometimes people look on the physical apperance. In this world of negativity, We should all learn to accept diff culture and reapect others.

  47. Clare Minall permalink
    27/02/2019 3:29 pm

    Everyone should be treated equally whether your black or white. We may have difference in appearance but we are all human that should be accept and respect.

  48. Marjie Mare permalink
    27/02/2019 7:49 pm

    I love that poem by Lucille Clifton. I am grateful you shared that post with us as we are celebrating that black history month.

  49. Shannan P permalink
    27/02/2019 8:05 pm

    I love your thoughtful commentary on The Green Book. Black History is very important in our household. It always disappoints me when the entertainment industry whitewashes events such as this in history, as it makes it more difficult to get people to see the inherent racism that is still running rampant in this country.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      04/03/2019 10:59 am

      Thank you Shannan. I agree with you!

  50. Catherine Santiago Jose permalink
    27/02/2019 8:40 pm

    Honestly, I don’t have any idea of this celebration and I am glad that I was able to read this article that helps me understand of why we are celebrating this day. One of the thing that I get here is every person has the right to dream and everyone of us have a power to change the world the way we want it to be whatever races we are.

  51. Morgan Shaw permalink
    27/02/2019 11:48 pm

    A post filled with so much information . I love the quotes and learning more about black history month x

  52. Gervin Khan permalink
    28/02/2019 12:54 am

    Wow, it was a nice day to celebrate this day. For me this is a celebration of freedom and equality of every individual whatever races your are. Very interesting and inspiring article, thanks for sharing this with us.

  53. Angela Tolsma permalink
    28/02/2019 2:15 am

    I really appreciate your thoughts on green book. It’s a movie my husband and I have been discussing and has popped up in my feed a fair bit.

  54. Besties Notepad permalink
    28/02/2019 3:33 am

    “One day our descendants will think it incredible that we paid so much attention to things like the amount of melanin in our skin or the shape of our eyes or our gender instead of the unique identities of each of us as complex human beings.” Franklin Thomas

    Specially loved this quote…what a great post!

  55. StressedMum (@stressedmum01) permalink
    28/02/2019 4:19 am

    Such an inspiring quote, and very true we really are stronger than we think

  56. Mosaics Lab permalink
    28/02/2019 4:32 am

    I read your post three times already, LOVE IT! Black history is American history a quote by Morgan Freeman, I can’t agree more!!! Thank you so much for yet another great read.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      04/03/2019 10:51 am

      Thank you!

  57. remo permalink
    28/02/2019 4:52 am

    Very inspiring read. I love this site. Always cheer me up. Thank you!!

  58. JK Darling permalink
    28/02/2019 5:08 am

    You may not always have a comfortable life and you will not always be able to solve all of the world’s problems at once but don’t ever underestimate the importance you can have because history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own. Michelle Obama….. fell in love with this quote. There is so much truth in it.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      04/03/2019 10:59 am

      Yep… she amazes me.:)

  59. Natalie permalink
    28/02/2019 6:15 am

    This was an amazing read!! Thank you so much for sharing!

  60. Riana permalink
    28/02/2019 7:33 am

    This post is full of so many inspiring quotes! If I had to pick one, I would pick Alice Walker’s quote near the top

  61. brianmayroam permalink
    28/02/2019 7:58 am

    I never realized that it was Gerald R. Ford who officially recognized Black History Month. Check out the National Great Blacks in Wax museum in Baltimore.

  62. Kate Loves Travel permalink
    28/02/2019 9:04 am

    I haven’t seen Green Book yet – it’s a shame it glosses over some of the key issues of the time. Unfortunately, this often seems to happen in films dealing with ‘difficult’ subjects…

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      04/03/2019 10:51 am

      So true Kate..It is disheartening because telling the truth lends itself to more authentic conversations about issues and opens the door for healing and reconciliation.

  63. Neely permalink
    28/02/2019 9:30 am

    I feel like not enough people acknowledge black history month! I loved this post

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      04/03/2019 10:49 am

      Thank you Neely

  64. Kristine Nicole Alessandra permalink
    28/02/2019 12:53 pm

    If only we learn to accept and respect others regardless of race or skin color, only then can we move forward in peace, untied as humans. Thank you for writing this post. It was a truly inspiring read.

  65. tenzendude permalink
    28/02/2019 2:11 pm

    I have a deep appreciation for those groups who have suffered a great injustice. Here in Canada that focus lay more on the Aboriginal population.

  66. tcleland88 permalink
    28/02/2019 2:16 pm

    I haven’t seen Green Book yet, but would like to. I think the documentary would be interesting–I’ll have to check it out on the Smithsonian Channel.

  67. Liz Bayardelle permalink
    28/02/2019 2:28 pm

    Thank you so much for the comprehensive history of Black History Month! One of my friends posts a different historical figure on her Facebook account every day during this month and I look forward to it each morning! So interesting!

  68. genaadventure permalink
    28/02/2019 2:40 pm

    I love the way this post takes so much pride to celebrate Black History month! You always have very inspirational pieces!

  69. knockingonfortysdoor permalink
    28/02/2019 4:20 pm

    This is an amazing post and I learned so much. I have wanted to watch the Smithsonian documentary about “The Green Book” as I had reservations about seeing the film after reading about the objections of Dr. Shirley’s family.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      04/03/2019 10:49 am

      Do so… The Smithsonian version is very informative and not glossed over.

  70. Jessica Martin permalink
    28/02/2019 4:41 pm

    One of my favorite parts about history class when I was in school was Black History Month. I loved learning about the history of Black Americans in our culture. It saddens me that there is still so much racial tension. It is important to keep remembering all the blacks who made a difference in our country and to keep breaking the racial tension to bring more peace.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      04/03/2019 10:48 am

      And we must do so by talking about it not silencing those who wish to talk about it. I agree.

  71. myweethoughts permalink
    28/02/2019 6:19 pm

    I enjoy watching old movies.. Some of it are related to the black history and I really realy admire their stories!

  72. Binge on Basics permalink
    28/02/2019 10:11 pm

    This is so inspirational. We must add some value while we live for better future

  73. ZyraKuma permalink
    28/02/2019 10:35 pm

    Beautifully well written! Stop racism!

  74. Style High Guy permalink
    01/03/2019 12:11 am

    This is so interesting – such an really informative post. Isn’t it crazy how life used to be?

  75. Clarice permalink
    01/03/2019 12:21 am

    I am just truly glad that racism is no longer rampant no idea. There may be some isolated cases but at least the society has become more accepting nowadays. It is about time we stop paying attention to the amount of melanin in our skin.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      04/03/2019 10:47 am

      Clarice, racism is alive and well in the world today. it is mainly covert racism instead of the old overt racism..

  76. sincerelymissj permalink
    01/03/2019 12:28 am

    Thank you for this post and shinning light on Black History month and black history in general.

  77. arunamallick permalink
    01/03/2019 1:15 am

    All great achievements require time..- Maya Angelou
    Respect…

  78. Natalie permalink
    01/03/2019 4:50 am

    Such a great and informative read. Thank you for sharing.

  79. Czjai Reyes-Ocampo permalink
    01/03/2019 4:51 am

    One of my favorite quotes comes from my hero, Bruce Lee.
    “Life’s battles don’t always go to the stronger or faster man. But sooner or later the man who wins, is the man who thinks he can.”

  80. Amy-Lynn is EXCITED about life (@amylynnwriting) permalink
    01/03/2019 5:05 am

    Thank you for sharing this. Your posts are always so informative. I think it’s so important that the education continue for Black History Month. I’m in Canada and things are different here politically, but am I right to assume from the news that the US has taken some giant leaps backward in the past few years? (thus making this all the more important)

  81. Danielle Jones permalink
    01/03/2019 5:18 am

    LOVE this. Beautifully written and so much to celebrate.

  82. You, Me and Benny permalink
    01/03/2019 5:19 am

    How interesting!! I feel like I learned a lot by reading this post!!

  83. Samar permalink
    01/03/2019 5:58 am

    Thanks for sharing the motivational quotes. loved it.

  84. Neil Alvin Nicerio permalink
    01/03/2019 5:59 am

    Skin color should never be an issue to make this world a better place. Sending love to all races put there.

  85. iamcarlanecole (@iamcarlanecole) permalink
    01/03/2019 6:04 am

    When people say they don’t see color, I immediately start to distrust them. It’s impossible not to see color. Do you see all crayons as the same? No! It is possible to acknowledge that my skin is brown/black AND that I’m just as much a human being as you are.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      04/03/2019 10:46 am

      Exactly… I always want to ask them how they pick their clothes in the morning… such nonsense!

  86. TheKitchenDoc permalink
    01/03/2019 6:24 am

    This is incredible! For the past few years that I have been in the US, I have paid close attention to BHM

  87. Kenneth Agudo permalink
    01/03/2019 6:44 am

    Those people are really inspiring. They have contributed so much in the society. And I have much respect and appreciation for this people.

  88. Jessica permalink
    01/03/2019 6:48 am

    Thanks for introducing for black history month, wow, have been learned a lot. Keep up the good work.

  89. lauragetsrichinhealth permalink
    01/03/2019 6:49 am

    I LOVE so much about this post. The quotes are inspiring and the main thing that stands out to me is that yes…change starts in our homes and within ourselves. I try to do my part in teaching my kids to love all. thanks for this post 🙂

  90. alwaysusebutter permalink
    01/03/2019 7:01 am

    Such an important month! I feel like I want to read all the books about the black rights movement right about now.

  91. jaynaylee permalink
    01/03/2019 7:46 am

    Hello,
    This was a very good post. I’m glad you made a post about black history month. You are right the world we live in is pledged with racial tensions. I hope it will change soon.

  92. BeaufyFoodymom permalink
    01/03/2019 8:02 am

    your posts are always so informative I love the little history we always learn from it!

  93. Samar permalink
    01/03/2019 8:08 am

    I must say, you made my day with an article on motivation.

    Thanks for sharing.

  94. Lyosha Varezhkina permalink
    01/03/2019 9:25 am

    It is very important to have such set month to remember the history. it is important to remember how black people suffered for nothing so it never ever comes back.

  95. Cendu Param permalink
    01/03/2019 10:57 am

    What a wonderful informative post. I’m going to save this one for my teacher collection as we explore in detail with the students and I can always use more knowlege.

  96. Luna S permalink
    01/03/2019 11:23 am

    I think it is wonderful to celebrate not just those who are celebrated on a wide scale but those closest to us as well! You are right that those who helped keep families strong, together and kept traditions alive should be celebrated as well.

  97. Andrew McKoscielecky permalink
    01/03/2019 11:52 am

    Each time, when I read your post I discover new things like For My People by Margaret Walker.
    Looking forward to read next post!

  98. thislovefilledlife permalink
    01/03/2019 12:05 pm

    This was a great article with lots of informative things. Thanks for sharing.

  99. Natalie permalink
    01/03/2019 12:06 pm

    Very informative post!!! Thank you for sharing!

  100. KA Inspired permalink
    01/03/2019 12:49 pm

    I hope someday the world will truly be equal where color, race, age, gender, etc don’t matter. Until then, all that one can do is remember the world and treat everyone as an equal.

  101. thepeacheepear permalink
    01/03/2019 2:43 pm

    When I was in school I always loved Black History Month because we got to learn about all the rich history and so many brave and courageous African-Americans!

  102. Becca Wilson permalink
    01/03/2019 4:24 pm

    This is such a great way to celebrate and look at Black History Month. I totally love everything about this.

  103. veryerin permalink
    01/03/2019 5:00 pm

    This is a great and important post. Thank you for sharing this!

  104. Mary B permalink
    01/03/2019 5:13 pm

    I hadn’t heard of Green Book, until the nominations came out. I appreciate your review of the film and thoughts in regards toward Black History month.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      04/03/2019 10:45 am

      Thank you!

  105. Megan Kerry permalink
    01/03/2019 7:48 pm

    Loved all the imagery you were able to collect for this!

  106. Kisha Stewart-Harris permalink
    01/03/2019 8:15 pm

    I was just trying to explain to my husband what a sundown town was. I wasn’t familiar at first until I learned of a woman, Tamela Horseford, who was killed, being the only black woman at an adult sleepover with all whites, in a town that was historically a sundown town. It’s disheartening how little things have really changed.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      04/03/2019 10:45 am

      Indeed. 🙁 Sadly, so many Americans don’t know much about this part of American history because it was not taught in the schools. Until we have a fully inclusive curriculum, these stories make Black History Month absolutely necessary.

  107. Jess permalink
    01/03/2019 8:51 pm

    I love that you tie black history with your motivational post

  108. Dalene Ekirapa permalink
    01/03/2019 11:58 pm

    I love it when you say that education is meant to empower us and ensure we leave the world a better place. That’s such a great perception of education unlike the normal one where people think of education as just a source of jobs.

  109. Angela Tolsma permalink
    02/03/2019 1:41 am

    Margaret Walker poem is beautiful. I like what you’ve said about seeing color and very much agree.

  110. Corina permalink
    02/03/2019 3:19 am

    Always love your posts and I really like all the quotes in this post.

  111. chaddden2001 permalink
    02/03/2019 3:45 am

    I don’t really agree with having a black history month. ‘Black history’ should be taught just as much as ‘white history,’ and having a month dedicated to it is wrong.

  112. Monidipa Dutta (@MonidipaDutta51) permalink
    02/03/2019 5:13 am

    Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of blacks in U.S. history. The event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. It was a great post by you.

  113. laveremis permalink
    02/03/2019 8:23 am

    So interesting to hear more about Green Book, the praise and the criticism… I haven’t had an opportunity to watch it and have heard little about it. With a toddler at home, we do not see many movies and are rather out of touch with new releases. That said, I think it is very important to think critically about the accuracy films portraying historical time periods. Particularly, because those films will be shaping the historical memory of young people who may not have adequate “real” history lessons. Wonderful points!

  114. MELANIE EDJOURIAN permalink
    02/03/2019 8:32 am

    Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations. Dr. Mae Jemison – I totally agree with this. It’s such a shame some are so limited and not accepting of other ideas than their own. We’d get nowhere if we all did that.

  115. Melanie Frost permalink
    02/03/2019 11:18 am

    I’ve actually learned more about important black influencers this year than any other. I’m very glad to see that this is becoming more prominent in today’s society than when I was a kid growing up.

  116. Kemi permalink
    02/03/2019 12:10 pm

    Don’t think I’ll see Green Book because of just those reasons. Why should the story be on the person who was not in fear of his life at that time?? Yeah. Nah.

  117. Flavia Bernardes permalink
    02/03/2019 12:39 pm

    Lovely post, especially that quote by Alice Walker. And it is a month worthy of remembering and celebrating. Thanks for sharing!

  118. Kemi permalink
    02/03/2019 12:54 pm

    It jarring how people like Ruby Bridges are in their 60s and people who participated in Civil Rights are in their 80s, and some folks still say it was “long time ago”. Hmmnnn…

  119. Lady Fuller permalink
    02/03/2019 1:01 pm

    I truly enjoyed reading this post!! I’ve never heard of that poem by Lucille Clifton. Loved all the quotes and photos as well!

  120. Kristine Nicole Alessandra permalink
    02/03/2019 1:42 pm

    It is good to have a whole month dedicated to celebrating Black History. There has been so many great men and women who inspired us to cut the divisiveness and be as one.

  121. Wendy permalink
    02/03/2019 2:51 pm

    this has been a very informative and interesting read. I learned a lot about Black History. THis isn’t something that was widely taught to us in school back in those days. I’m from the Phils btw.

  122. kidneyfornikki permalink
    02/03/2019 5:18 pm

    I haven’t seen Green Book yet and I am not sure that I want to. I was a little interested after the first trailer but there I started hearing the details. I am going to read your review about worst Oscar winners

  123. Words of a Texas Nerd permalink
    02/03/2019 7:49 pm

    I’m so glad that there have been amazing men and women who stood up for what is right. Who are brave and don’t hesitate to push for what we all know needs to change to make life better for all.

  124. Matija Antonić permalink
    02/03/2019 11:44 pm

    There are a lot of people who done so much for the world, regarding the color of their skin, the past was bad especially the selling of another human beings and thinking they are sub-human, just because they were a different skin color, black history month is more of an American thing, but more and more of the world appreciates the accomplishments of people of color.

  125. Eze Azubike permalink
    03/03/2019 2:52 am

    Your website is quite interesting and unique. I particularly enjoyed the poem by Margaret Walker; her words are celebtrations of perseverance and hope. The pictures are memorable also.

  126. alexandra cook permalink
    03/03/2019 3:11 am

    I totally agre with what you are saying, this is really motivating thankyou for sharing

  127. Danielle permalink
    03/03/2019 3:49 am

    Very Educational post! I love the line that says “Let’s acknowledge and respect our differences” I believe this holds true for all differences not just people of color but I’m all for showing love not hate. Great post!

  128. preet permalink
    03/03/2019 4:20 am

    I totally agree to your points, we must always remember this everyone can relate here

  129. Rupal permalink
    03/03/2019 5:02 am

    This is such a motivational post. Loved it

  130. emman damian permalink
    03/03/2019 5:03 am

    Black History month is really an important event in the world as it gives honor to the trailblazers in fighting for equality. For an instance, Serena Williams fought for equality in prize money in tennis. Not just for her color but in women in general. Happy Black History Month!

  131. Kristen permalink
    03/03/2019 5:34 am

    This is great information. I love that every year more and more is learned and shared.

  132. laura permalink
    03/03/2019 5:50 am

    I really have learned alot from this post. Thank you for sharing the information. I really do appericate it.

  133. Samantha Kuzyk-Raising Twincesses permalink
    03/03/2019 8:27 am

    I absolutely love that Alice Walker quote-it’s so true! And as for the Green Book, I havent seen it yet, but it’s on my list of films to watch, and I’d also like to see the documentary version of events as well to see another, perhaps more accurate side of events.

  134. Sheri @Purposeful Habit permalink
    03/03/2019 10:03 am

    Over here in Austria, it is so unfortunate that Black History Month is not celebrate dor even talked about at all! Can you even imagine that? I think so many people in Europe could benefit from learning more about the real and true history as well as some of the key people in black history. I really want to watch Green Book.

  135. Laura Dove permalink
    03/03/2019 12:35 pm

    I love that there are months like this to really celebrate historical figures. It’s important we remember these people who made such changes in the world!

  136. Lex permalink
    03/03/2019 1:56 pm

    Our history Our life. Black history takes us into a realm to remember who we are, what we are and who we can be. Bravo

  137. toastycritic permalink
    03/03/2019 2:45 pm

    I agree with you that we need to admire and respect each other and our differences. We won’t always think the same things or want the same things. But we can honor each other and respect one another.

  138. Jasmine - LoveLifeLaughMotherhood permalink
    03/03/2019 3:39 pm

    I love the poems you included in this post!

  139. tenzendude permalink
    03/03/2019 3:56 pm

    I am in agreement with Zora. I mean how could they? Lol

  140. 03/03/2019 4:32 pm

    “Every great dream starts with a dreamer.” I love this so much! I think that once you dream of something, you open gateways of possibilities!

  141. Christopher Mitchell permalink
    03/03/2019 5:13 pm

    Informative as per usual! Thanks for your hard work on this!

  142. 03/03/2019 6:27 pm

    This is very informative. Living here in Asia, we don’t really have those Black History month. It’s my first time to hear about it. It’s sad that there are still people who have pre

  143. Taryn permalink
    04/03/2019 2:42 am

    These are some truly powerful quotes, which I have bookmarked for later. They’re some of my favorites. I actually haven’t seen any of the Academy Award nominated movies, so I have some films to see!

  144. KeshiaRichmond permalink
    04/03/2019 3:05 am

    I would love to see Black History month abolished in favor of including an accurate depiction of blacks taught in schools which was the original goal of those who settled for a month as a concession. In the meantime, thanks for bringing awareness to a month where both the history of indigenous black people of North America and those brought from other lands are celebrated.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      04/03/2019 10:09 am

      Until we have an inclusive curriculum that covers all of America’s people and history accurately, maintaining Black History Month is imperative.

  145. GladysNava permalink
    04/03/2019 3:20 am

    I really love and enjoy reading your post. Thanks for the great information you share.

  146. scrapbookadventures365 permalink
    04/03/2019 4:27 am

    It is so important we continue to celebrate black history month – we used to learn about it at school and I hope they still teach it. Great post, so interesting.

  147. Becca Wilson permalink
    04/03/2019 5:44 am

    Remembering these strong people during such a hard time in our history is so important. I love that we have this month to celebrate the accompishments and strides that were made.

  148. Emmy M. permalink
    04/03/2019 5:51 am

    I admit, I didn’t know about the movie Green Book until I googled it. It’s like I live under a rock sometimes, but I definitely want to learn more about it. I think I’ll start with the movie then look for the documentary. I traveled full time for a year with my husband and my son, and traveling through the south was an interesting experience. I am half Filipino (my mother Filipino, my father white), and my husband is white. We met several people in Kentucky who told us to be careful about where we stay the night because there are counties where people “wouldn’t take too kindly to a biracial couple”. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing! And it terrified me! I can’t even imagine trying to travel during the era of the green book. I think we owe so much to the men and women of the past who stood up for themselves… without the Civil Rights Movement, my parents wouldn’t be able to marry, I wouldn’t be here! I’m so grateful for the bravery so many have shown to fight for respect and equality.

  149. Khushboo Motihar (@kbmotihar) permalink
    04/03/2019 7:32 am

    That is a great quote by Franklin Thomas! Black History Month is a great way to acknowledge the past and the struggles ancestors have gone through to help us reach where we are today.

  150. Moments Inspire permalink
    04/03/2019 9:10 am

    I love how your posts are always so loaded with information and quotes. Thanks for taking the time to compile things for your readers!

  151. Alexa permalink
    04/03/2019 10:05 am

    Love your collages! Thanks for shinning a light on Black History Month!

  152. LoLoMarieS permalink
    04/03/2019 11:16 am

    Thank you for the information and inspiration. It’s wonderful how different all cultures are and learning their history is important for everyone!

  153. Genny Elizabeth Gall permalink
    04/03/2019 11:17 am

    “I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality…. I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.”
    —Martin Luther King, Jr.
    Union and hope are connected to humanity; we must be unified

  154. waitingforrain28 permalink
    04/03/2019 12:04 pm

    This is such a powerful post! It is so sad that I never learned about many of these people while in school. They have done so much for black people, but also the world. I hope we keep moving in the right direction.

  155. Kemi permalink
    04/03/2019 12:44 pm

    What a very…interesting Black History Month it was in the USA! . Everything from Virginia scandals to Jussie. Phew!

  156. mommysup permalink
    04/03/2019 1:57 pm

    On this day, my country lost one of our greatest writers and thinkers, Momo Kapor. History is not only important, but it also reminds us that we should try to be even better, inspired by those who were the best!

  157. Neha permalink
    04/03/2019 5:37 pm

    Such an inspirational post, enjoy reading about the black history month! And loved the poem.

  158. folabest permalink
    04/03/2019 6:07 pm

    This is highly informative and motivational. I always enjoy reading your posts.

  159. Candy permalink
    04/03/2019 6:41 pm

    I haven’t heard of green book before your post. Celebrating all cultures and races should be everyone’s goal. We have friends of all color. We don’t acknowledge color just people.

  160. Janine Ella permalink
    04/03/2019 8:28 pm

    Thanks for sharing these information! I totally agree that we live in a divisive world not only because of racial tensions but religious beliefs too. How I wish all these will be eliminated in the future.

  161. Coleccion De Fotografia permalink
    04/03/2019 10:41 pm

    I love “The Green Book” this film is beyond amazing. I teared up and cried so many times i lost count. For me this film is beautiful and extraordinary and worth the watch. Thanks for sharing as always.

  162. StressedMum (@stressedmum01) permalink
    05/03/2019 2:46 am

    I love the quote it is very true if you dream it and truly believe in it then it will happen

  163. Nina permalink
    05/03/2019 4:08 am

    No matter what we say, there are people who will not treat you fairly just because of the color of your skin. This brings to mind about the story which inspired the making of the Green Mile about the black boy falsely accused of killing two girls.

  164. Michael David Oyco permalink
    05/03/2019 9:05 am

    So much to be proud of really. With all those award winning contributions and present leadership.. Though in reality, there still are barriers.. but hopefully soon, in time, We will all be fairly treated. No Asians, Black, etc.. but as one.

  165. Jenn Leach permalink
    05/03/2019 10:20 am

    So motivational. Black history month is one of my favorite months. Thanks for celebrating it.

  166. Fran Jorgensen permalink
    05/03/2019 12:45 pm

    Thank you so much for this great post! To know who we are we need to remember where we came from. I can’t wait to visit some historical places on my next trip to the US!

  167. Danielle permalink
    05/03/2019 5:19 pm

    Such a good, informative post. There is so much that we can learn during this month about treating everyone fairly and respectfully.

  168. Kathleen Cregg permalink
    05/03/2019 9:45 pm

    Wow! So much great content and history here! Thanks for putting this post together and teaching me today!

  169. Blairvillanueva permalink
    06/03/2019 3:00 am

    Very inspiring post and always knowing what we can do and inspire many it regardless of our background. Kudos for all.

  170. forkwardthinkingfoodinista permalink
    06/03/2019 3:35 am

    Super important point here. Skin colour should not matter, it is about the individual person. Very inspiring post xx

  171. Jennifer Prince permalink
    06/03/2019 1:58 pm

    This is such a great month to celebrate! There are so many black people that made a huge difference in their community and for others. What a great thing!

  172. SiennyLovesDrawing permalink
    06/03/2019 3:08 pm

    very nice sharing from you, love the captures here. Always receiving positive vibes after reading your sharing 😀
    cheers, siennylovesdrawing

  173. Geraline Batarra permalink
    06/03/2019 5:17 pm

    I believe that as time pass by and by continuously looking back at the black history. Black Americans will soon have the comfort and security of being in their respective country.

  174. Madhurima Maiti permalink
    07/03/2019 7:02 am

    I love reading your Monday Motivations! Another lovely read. You select the best quotes and always create such rich posts. Kudos!

  175. Gill Trotman permalink
    07/03/2019 7:58 am

    Very powerful post. I believe reflecting on history is important so that it doesn’t repeat itself.

  176. Bindu Thomas permalink
    08/03/2019 3:06 am

    Looks like a great post and very interesting. I love all these quotes. Thanks for sharing.

  177. lydiaemesmith permalink
    11/03/2019 10:50 am

    This black history month was one fo the best to have happened to me. I took my time to attend all school events slated for the celebrations, especially the slave narratives. I could relate more with these black American writers.

  178. Joyce Osiango permalink
    29/03/2019 10:09 am

    Very important to have a culture day, it helps the new generation can learn something.

  179. DrKLeeBanks permalink
    08/04/2019 5:31 am

    I believe it’s important to acknowledge and appreciate the contributions of all cultures. I just wish we lived in a world that didn’t put so much emphasis on race or color of one’s skin.

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