OUR History is a Blueprint for Tomorrow

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We should always know our Black History not just in February but everyday! My father definitely made sure that my siblings & I knew our history & where we came from. I do notice that there is a lack of education with the Millennial generation knowing their roots.  Black history is American history & everyone should take the time to read up on what pivotal moments helped shape our country.

Today in history on December 5th there were two great defining moments that I am eternally grateful for. 

Today in 1955 is when the Historic Bus Boycott began in Montgomery, Alabama. The mass meeting was held at the Holt Street Baptist Church. After Rosa Parks was arrested for not giving up her seat to a white male on December 1st, there was a call to action. Martin Luther King Jr. was elected President of the Boycott organization. 

The bus boycott lasted 381 days. Forty thousand black commuters walked to work, some as far as twenty miles. The boycott helped bring national attention to injustice that was in the shadows of America. A seminal event in U.S. Civil Rights Movement. 

For more info on the Montgomery Bus Boycott & history visit: http://www.montgomeryboycott.com/

 Today in history educator Mary McLeod Bethune founded the National Council of Negro Women.

Mary was born to slave parents and worked hard to become an educator and also opened a school for African American girls in Daytona Beach, Florida prior to starting the council. Mary is a prime example of how democracy can work in this country with hard work & dedication. 

Today the National Council of Negro Women is a non profit organization with the mission to advance the opportunities and the quality of life for African American women , their families and communities. With an outreach to nearly four million women and twenty eight national affiliate organizations. The national headquarters are located in Washington D.C.. Many high profile people have given back to the council & have been honored in return such as; Oprah Winfrey, Vanessa Williams, Camille Cosby, Dorothy I. Height & Quincy Jones.

For more info on the National Council of Negro Women visit: http://ncnw.org/

It is important to remind ourselves everyday with the history of our community & our country. Black history is important for every race to know. The foundation was laid for us to continue to work that our ancestors began. We can only move forward & grow if we know our history. Our history is a blueprint for a better tomorrow. 

Shaundell Newsome Jr.


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