Black History Month

Move Forward at All Times

This Black History Month, “If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.”    

                                                                     ~ Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

What started as a day, historian Carter G. Woodson turned into a week, and now sits as an official, month-long celebration of the contributions Blacks have made to our nation. Black History Month symbolizes a time to celebrate, reflect and honor the perseverance of those who came before us and paved the paths for generations to come.

Black History Heroes

Remember Malcolm X, Sojourner Truth, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Dorothy Height,  President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and Bryan Stevenson. They represent a fraction of African Americans whose fight for justice allows Blacks like you and me to own homes, attend school, run our businesses, raise self-aware children and care for those less fortunate.

You Count

As the month comes to a close, take a few moments to assess how far we’ve come since the inhumane days of Jim Crow. Wake up and recognize our current racial, socioeconomic, and political conditions. Do your part to keep moving forward toward better times.  This new decade brings with it increased responsibilities.  And, while we typically focus on the need to vote and remember the lives that were lost securing this right, we must also emphasize the need to count – to participate in the 2020 U.S. Census.

Census data determines our congressional representation, guides redistricting changes in our neighborhoods, and directs the allocation of $675 billion USD each year.  These monies supports community housing, education, transportation, employment, health care and public policy. So, if we don’t participate in this year’s census count, we will have to wait an entire decade before we are heard, seen, or counted again. We must move forward whether we run, walk or crawl.

As you celebrate Black History Month, let Dr. King’s words permeate your soul, inspire your spirit and move you forward.

Your marketing momma!

Cheryl McCants

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