February is “Black” History month and the Rochester City School District will celebrate by hosting Knowledge Bowl games at Wilson Foundation Academy, 200 Genesee Street, from February 23 – 25, at 5:00 PM and on Thursday, February 26, at 5:30 PM. The Board has scheduled their observance of Black History Month Reception on Thursday the 26th at 5:30 PM with the Board Business meeting following.
The colors in the fabric of history cannot be separated and the term “black” when referring to history is more apropos than one would think given that the color black is the combination of every color making “black” history everyone’s story.
We know that history is generally written by the victors, we should also know that the “losers” have an important story to tell as well.
Knowing the mistakes that were made in life is just as important as knowing what strategies led to success.
Because history is subjective, it can be seen through a positive and negative lens.
The story of slavery can be viewed from a positive point of view and from that positive view can make “black” people proud of their heritage and “white” people less afraid of those who were oppressed by understanding that they too were enslaved by the elite and that at one time, both slave and indentured servant worked together to end the power of the elite in the country they were working to create. Native Americans, Slaves, and Servants at various times throughout the settling of America, did not fight each other but worked together to make all of their lives easier.
To remain mired in the past of history without using that knowledge to propel us into a more humane future is a lesson in futility.
Our children must know and understand that history is not “black” and “white” but a colorful mosaic that tells the story of courage, determination, and the love of human beings who dedicated their lives to bringing that love to our world.
Our children deserve to know the truth of history that includes everyone in our struggle to be free.
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