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Celebrate Black History Month

Celebrate Black History Month
US civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. waves to supporters from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial August 28, 1963 on the Mall in Washington DC. (AFP/AFP/Getty Images)

By Wednesday, 18 February 2015 08:03 AM Current | Bio | Archive

February is Black History Month. This is a time of remembering the many great contributions of African-Americans in the history of our great nation.

We have experienced many advances made possible from contributions from members of the African-American Community. Beyond the familiar names that we hear every year, advances have been made by countless African-American “unsung heroes” in every spectrum of the human experience.

While we will never hear every name of these contributors to the tapestry of our lives, we can take comfort in knowing that they were born, and that they made the quality of our lives more meaningful. For this truth we should thank our God.

Generally as a people, African-Americans have proven to be very resilient people, surviving the greatest obstacles of slavery and segregation which are part of the annals of our history. The current success of the movie "Selma" pays great tribute to our heroes of these eras past.

In many ways, we have overcome. There is reason to celebrate this truth.

Yet, here in the 21st century, we are faced with an epidemic that threatens the black community, and indeed the entire fabric of our nation in a manner that has never before occurred in our history. In America since 1973, over 58 million people, nearly 36 percent of these numbers being identified as African-American people, have been denied the right to be born.

Their innocent lives were ended as they were attacked in the sanctuaries of their mothers’ wombs — by the heinous scourge of abortion.

Let’s include all of the other deaths of blacks that have occurred by no fault of the victims throughout American history; black slaves and black people killed during the race wars that have occurred throughout the years. All of these occurrences are of course very tragic. We must pause to remember the death of every innocent.

The key here is innocence. Slaves were innocent. KKK victims are innocent. The babies in the womb are innocent. God hates the shedding of innocent blood. And while all this news is very grim, it is very important to remember.

Black History Month is meant to be a celebration. And there is much to celebrate, of course. I would suggest though, that abortion is a grim part of African-American history, and deserves our attention and our prayers.

Please indulge me here by reviewing my recent Black History Month video.

Black History Month, or National African American History Month grew out of “Negro History Week”; the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African-Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month.

While I have many Black History honorees on my list, I believe that Frederick Douglass, one of my favorite abolitionists, ranks high on my list, near my Granddaddy MLK Sr., and my Uncle Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and my daddy Rev. A. D. King; both powerful freedom fighters in the 20th century.

Frederick Douglass said, “I have said that the Declaration of Independence is the ring-bolt to the chain of your nation’s destiny; so, indeed, I regard it. The principles contained in that instrument are saving principles. Stand by those principles, be true to them on all occasions, in all places, against all foes and at whatever cost.”

For me, Black History is just as American as July 4, and apple pie. Celebrating Black History Month helps us reflect back on how far we as a collective people have come.

I celebrate Black History Month because it is part of the American dream of my uncle, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Celebrating Black History Month helps us to preserve a memory of “overcomers” like Douglass, MLK, my dad A. D. King, Tubman, Truth, and indeed every hero, sung and unsung, man, woman and child who have forged and bridged the gaps for future generations.

Some of my favorite models for tributary during Black History month are the Tuskegee Airmen, Madame C. J. Walker, Rosa Parks, the black slaves who helped to build the White House. The list is long, with people from every walk of life, and regarded with much gratitude that God granted each the courage to press on.

Please, especially during this month, join me in prayer that one day history will remember not only that there was a Black History Month in America for a season, but that one day on earth there was a time when indeed every human being, born and pre-born, were awarded human dignity and the reality of a loving God who as introduced in John 3:16 loved us all so much that he and his son made the ultimate sacrifice, so that we can live forever.

Dr. Alveda C. King grew up in the civil rights movement led by her uncle, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. She is a pastoral associate and director of African-American outreach for Priests for Life and Gospel of Life Ministries. Her family home in Birmingham, Ala., was bombed, as was her father’s church office in Louisville, Ky. Alveda herself was jailed during the open housing movement. Read more reports from Dr. Alveda C. King — Click Here Now.


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