Black History Month
National Get Up Day
National Freedom Day
“Major Richard Robert Wright Senior, a former slave who founded the National Freedom Day Association, played a crucial role in creating the observance. Major Wright was deemed as a community leader in Philadelphia and was active in education, the media, business and politics. He hoped to see a day that would be dedicated to celebrating freedom for all Americans.” – timeanddate.com
“When Carter G. Woodson established Negro History week in 1926, he realized the importance of providing a theme to focus the attention of the public. The intention has never been to dictate or limit the exploration of the Black experience, but to bring to the public’s attention important developments that merit emphasis.” – https://asalh.org
Online references over the last few years that I found helpful to review:
How history textbooks reflect America’s refusal to reckon with slavery – vox.com
Interesting and lesser known facts of Black History at pbs.org
Statistics on the miseducation in American schools at nytimesmagazine.com
This is from last year but I think still a good list:
It always will be that in our own life and in the world at large, we will fall. And when we fall, it hurts. But still we must get up. If we allow the feelings to dominate the experience, we might only wish to soothe and stay down and possibly get lost in the the pain. It actually might hurt to get up and rise up. But it’s a different type of pain, more like what we call growing pains. Like how cultivating a new habit can be hard when a part of us wants to stay right where we’ve been. Can we keep moving through the discomfort and reach the point where we rise? Do we need that extra hand or that extra voice or that helpful smile? And by rising, we have the chance to realize how we fell in the first place and how we might be more than we allowed ourself to be. And by falling we might recognize what pushed us to our changing point.
Falling and rising will happen again and again in many different ways. I believe this is part of the path versus expecting that we will grow to our greatest potential by having everything go smoothly and as planned. The conflict and the resolution, the error and the amends, the blaming then forgiving are often the necessary ingredients that design the pathways to locate everlasting Peace. And I believe we have a direct line to live a life of excellence once we’ve accepted our story as the one required for our transformation. We either forgot how to access our highest self or the world hasn’t known how to make space for us to shine. And as history has shown, we also have a world that has wished for our death. Our medicine is to do what we can to rise and realize we are all meant to be here in spite of that. If that strength isn’t there, then we do what we can to remove anything that drains our life force energy and add in anything that supports it. One day at a time, one positive influence at a time, even our own affirmation daily can shift the way our heart and mind function all the way down to the cellular level.
May we each realize that we are valuable members of this changing world, even when it is our smile that soothes the one who is struggling. May we accept where we have been ignorant and be willing to educate and elevate ourselves with healthy perspectives of Peace. May we take care of the one body that we’ve been given in order to love ourself just enough so that we can love one another. When we fall may we find acceptance, and may we rise with humble wisdom.
Let’s stay connected,
Owner and Director of Mukunda Yoga Center