Next week, is the beginning of our collective celebration of Black History Month in the United States. This year's celebration of Black Americans will indeed be shaped by our political and social climates. The legacy of Black History Month is both a celebration of Black culture and a direct rebuke of the supremacy culture that exists to tear apart the fabric of our nation. The Leading Against White Supremacy Act, introduced by the honorable U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (Houston, TX), is intended to “prevent and prosecute white supremacy inspired hate crime and conspiracy to commit white supremacy inspired hate crime.” For many, this legislation may be simply interpreted as a red herring, and for others, the bill is yet another canary in the coal mine indicating the present dangers our nation faces.
Additionally, more states, organizations, and people support and endorse legislation like Florida’s Stop the Wrongs to Our Kids and Employees Act (Woke Act). These legislative acts serve as reminders of the investment we all must continue to make to ensure the shared values we hold are always protected.
Since the judge's gavel echoed the violence of injustice to John Punch, Black Americans have worked tirelessly to fight for true humanity. Black folx have done this work while moving not only against an economic system of violence but constantly negotiating multiple institutions designed for their extinction. Historic violence has made contemporary violence much sharper and more acute for those who experience it and those who witness it. Breathing & Being With The Earth by Rachel Ricketts provides a guided meditation that allows us to manage some of the deep-rootedness of these moments.
Yet, within the arch of Black pain and ongoing trauma is the story of joy and triumph. J Reed Consulting wants to offer our free Black History Month Resource Guide to support others in learning and celebrating! During this #BHM look for all the greatness that may be found, some in the smallest packages!