We educators attempt to tell our young people about African American contributions that are deeply woven into the American quilt. It is Black History Month, which years ago was only a weeklong. Sometimes, we hit the mark and at other times we do not because there is so much to absorb in such a short time.
However, when it is all said and done, they will be left with some snippets of new information. When they hear certain names or events many years hence, they can think, “Oh, yeah. I heard about that person or I learned about that event.”
If they are astute and curious students, they will take it upon themselves to delve deeper. They will explore. Research. Look up more facts. They will weigh the odds as they look on both sides of the coin. They will compare the opposing points of view. Eventually, they will come to a consensus after deciding what they perceive as the truth of the matter.
And, if they do that at some future point in their lives, then we as educators have succeeded in doing our jobs. We can only tilt the ball towards them by introducing a list of great achievers. It will be up to them to slam duck the ball through the hoop by gathering more data and greater understanding.
Lynn M. February 22, 2020
Happy Black History Month!
February? We think of pink,
When hearts search for that missing link.
To align with a pointed love,
That resembles a flighted dove.
Mid-month, there is Valentine’s Day,
Those loved ones get to have their say.
And, we honor Black History,
So young ones have no mystery,
About who did both this and that,
Having this, their pride won’t go flat.
Black History is all month long,
This hefty info keeps us strong!
Black Panther is a movie that captures the times of today. Though it encompasses much, its powerful message circles around what happens to families when they break apart due to deeply buried truths. Warring relatives both vie for power and rightful positions as this tale unfolds. It is based on a Marvel Comics series written by a variety of writers.
T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) has been newly installed as King of Wakanda after his father’s death and after successfully battling a neighboring contender. He rules and protects his kingdom as his father did while remaining quite oblivious to the woes of the outside world.
That is until an angry and long, lost cousin Erik (Michael B. Jordan) shows up on the African land to take the throne. He is filled with hate and rage because his father had been executed by the T’Challa’s father, though they were brothers. He is stronger than T’Challa and takes the throne for a while after they fight a ferocious battle. He plans on destroying many factions of the world to get revenge for his many years of suffering because of the world’s injustices.
There is so much to this star-studded cast and the best thing to do is just go and see it. Here are a few major actors: Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Lupita Nyong’o and Sterling K. Brown along with some great, new talent. The acting is top-notched; the costumes are unforgettable and it is extremely high-tech. What a fun experience!
When it ended, I turned around and everybody was basically still in their seats. No one wanted it to end. So I also lingered and sure enough, after the credits rolled there were two or three more sneak peaks and additions to the script. One woman said, “I am going to see it again.” As I think about it, I will too. What a gift!
Lynn M. February 18, 2018
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